Preparing for emergencies cannot be done in isolation. We need to know what the Emergency Services, Health, Environmental and other Local Authorities in Nottinghamshire are doing and they need to know what we are doing. This page will tell you more about how we all work closely together to ensure a joined-up multi-agency approach.
Working Together at the Local Level
It is intended that Category 1 and 2 organisations come together to form a 'Local Resilience Forum' (based on police areas) which will help co-ordination and co-operation between responders at the local level.
Under this umbrella, Nottingham City Council enthusiastically collaborates with:
- Nottinghamshire County Council,
- Nottinghamshire Police Authority,
- Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service,
- HM Coroners,
- East Midlands Ambulance Service,
- Bassetlaw District Council,
- Nottingham Primary Care Trust,
- Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust,
- Trent Regional Strategic Health,
- Government Offices East Midlands,
- (Regional) Health Protection Agency,
- Environment Agency,
to form the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum, which meets four times a year.
It has recently been agreed that a representative from the voluntary agencies, who assist with Emergency Planning in Nottinghamshire, will also attend future Local Resilience Forum meetings. Discussions are also being held with Category 2 organisations as to their representation at the forum.
While it is primarily focused on civil emergencies, the Civil Contingencies Act will improve the UK's ability to deal with the consequences of a wide range of disruptions by improving the planning process at a local level, building better contacts between organisations and ensuring what goes on at the local level dovetails with efforts at the regional and national levels.
Working Together at the Regional Level
Co-operation between responder bodies at the regional level is a relatively new development in civil protection. The operation of the regional civil protection tier is not, for the most part, dealt with by the civil contingencies legislation. While not an obligation, these arrangements will, however, provide mechanisms for improving coordination and communication between local responders and with central Government on large-scale civil protection issues.
Planning at the regional level will improve coordination across and between regions; between the centre and regions and between regions and local responders. Regions will have three types of plan a generic, 'Regional Response Plan', a 'Business Continuity Plan' for the Government Office and a 'regional Capability Co-ordination Plan'.