What is the main aim of the Kent Resilience Forum?
To ensure that agencies and organisations plan and work together, to ensure a co-ordinated response to emergencies that could have a significant impact on communities in Kent.
Who forms part of the Kent Resilience Forum?
The KRF is one of a number of Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) across England set up to align with the local police area. The LRF is not a legal organisation in itself, but a partnership made up of a number of organisations and agencies.
The Kent Resilience Forum is made up of over 100 organisations working together to improve the resilience of Kent. The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004 defines these members by certain 'Categories'.
A Category 1 responder is an organisation that is directly involved in the response to an emergency. This includes emergency services in Kent (Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard), local authorities, primary care aspects of the NHS, and others. These responders are subject to a number of civil protection obligations.
Category 2 responders are those who have a role to play in response, but are less directly involved. This includes organisations such as utility companies, infrastructure (e.g. Network Rail), and others. The Act does not place such stringent duties on these responders, but does require that they share information appropriate to managing emergencies and cooperate fully with the Resilience Forum.
The KRF also includes members who are not categorised under the Act, notably the military and the voluntary sector, who both have a big role to play in responding to emergencies.
A full list of KRF members is available in the 'KRF Constitution'
What does the Kent Resilience Forum structure look like?
What do the KRF do?
The KRF is responsible for:
- Cooperating to make sure we plan for, and respond to, emergencies as effectively as possible
- Sharing information to assist each other in planning for, and responding to, emergencies
- Working together to assess risks across the county and developing the Kent Community Risk Register (See 'Kent Community Risk Register')
- Planning to make sure we can all carry on operating throughout any disruption (Business Continuity Management)
- Providing information and guidance to the public before, during, and after emergencies so that they are best placed to help themselves and us in dealing with the emergency (Warning and Informing)
Why do we need the Kent Resilience Forum?
- Any area can be hit with disruptions
- Those involved in the Kent Resilience Forum work together to ensure that, if and when an emergency does occur, we are prepared to respond to it together and minimise any impact.
- The Kent Resilience Forum was set up in response to the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) 2004.
- Prior to this the Forum existed as the 'Kent Emergencies Group' (KEG).
- The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 established a new legislative framework for civil protection in the event of emergencies in the UK.
The KRF supports the principles of the 'Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme' (JESIP). This programme is designed to make sure the emergency services (as well as other partners) work with common principles and terminology.
This ensures that when we are responding to incidents we can work seamlessly together.
(Site updated 20/12/2016)