Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, often with very little warning. Severe weather conditions, flooding, pandemics and the threat of terrorist attacks are all scenarios that need careful planning.
Planning for emergencies is the responsibility of local authorities. It involves assessing threats, reducing risks and being prepared and ready to respond at all times.
Emergency Planning in Sussex
We work in partnership with many other agencies to ensure the most appropriate response is available to any major incident happening within our borough, or affecting it. Plans are produced across Sussex to ensure that all agencies work well together.
Eastbourne's Emergency Plan
We have our own emergency plan which is periodically tested to ensure our response is how it should be. This is available to download below. We are also responsible for getting the town or affected area back to normality as quickly as possible.
During an emergency we still have a responsibility to ensure that our most critical services are delivered to the public. This is called Business Continuity. You can read more about this on the Business Continuity website.
You can help by reading the booklet sent to every household in July 2005 containing advice on how to prepare for an emergency situation. If you have mislaid your copy you can download another or order a printed copy from the government's Preparing For Emergencies web pages on the Directgov website.
Anything residents can do to help themselves will also help others. Writing a family emergency plan is one way of improving your ability to cope with a local crisis, whether it is a power cut, flooding or any other unforeseen event.
Businesses can also prepare their own business continuity plans.