About us

About us

Our aim

The aim of the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum is to facilitate multi-agency working to fulfil the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Our objectives

The objectives of the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum are:
  • to facilitate co-operation between local responder organisations such as the police and local authorities
  • to facilitate information sharing between local responder organisations
  • to assess the risk of emergencies in the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum area
  • to facilitate the development of multi-agency emergency plans and arrangements
  • to assist local authorities in promoting business continuity in the local community
  • to ensure that suitable arrangements are in place to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of emergency

Our membership

The Northumbria Local Resilience Forum membership is made up of responder organisations found within the Northumbria Police area boundary. The Civil Contingencies Act divides local responders into two categories, imposing different duties on each.

Category one

These organisations are at the core of the response to most emergencies (e.g. emergency services, local authorities, NHS bodies). They’re subject to the full set of civil protection duties. They’re required to:
  • assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning
  • put in place emergency plans
  • put in place business continuity management arrangements
  • put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency
  • share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination;
  • co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency
  • provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management (local authorities only)

Category two

These "co-operating bodies" are less likely to be involved in the heart of planning work but will be heavily involved in incidents that affect their sector. They have a lesser set of duties - co-operating and sharing relevant information with other responders.

Organisations from both categories come together to create forums (based on police areas) which help co-ordination and co-operation between responders at the local level.

The bulk of part one of the Civil Contingencies Act gave a duty to local authorities to provide advice and assistance to business and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.

This includes ‘blue light’ responders such as the police, fire and rescue services, ambulance services and local authorities, NHS bodies, environment agency and voluntary organisations who support emergency management in the area.

Legislation

Our partner organisations are governed by various pieces of legislation for implementing and managing resilience.  These place statutory (compulsory) and non-statutory duties on these organisations.  Key pieces of legislation which govern our partner organisations includes: Return to home page.