The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires local responder bodies to co-operate in preparing for and responding to emergencies through a Local Resilience Forum (LRF). Essex has always recognised the importance of multi-agency working and has addressed this for many years by engaging in a range of formal and informal groups and networks. These now operate under the Essex Resilience Forum.
The Essex Resilience Forum’s overall purpose is to ensure that there is an appropriate level of preparedness to enable an effective multi-agency response to emergencies which may have a significant impact on the communities of Essex.
The Essex Resilience Forum's specific objectives are
- to agree on joint strategic and policy approaches relating to Essex's preparedness and response;
- to approve the Community Risk Register, and ensure it provides a robust basis for planning;
- to ensure that appropriate multi-agency plans, procedures, training and exercises necessary to address identified or foreseeable local and wider area hazards are in place and outstanding gaps identified;
- to direct and oversee the activities of working groups as they are established and allocate tasks to them as appropriate;
- to receive reports from the working groups on current threat levels, gaps in planning and progress on actions tasked;
- to ensure that appropriate resources are made available to working groups to fulfil statutory and task-based responsibilities;
- to co-ordinate the individual approaches and responsibilities of each organisation to ensure that they complement each other and dovetail with partners' arrangements, and
- to consider the implications of legislation, national initiatives and decisions of the Regional Resilience Forum for the Local Resilience Forum area.
Membership of Essex Resilience Forum Executive Programme Board