Emergency plans

The Community Risk Register booklet includes top risks in Sussex. It also highlights what local authorities, communities and businesses can do to prepare.

How we plan

Emergency plans are regularly reviewed and circulated. We aim to test them every three years. We work with the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) to plan joint response to emergencies.

We also work with partners in other nearby counties. This includes joint arrangements for flooding and coastal pollution.

Council emergency plans

The initial response to a major incident is co-ordinated by emergency and health services. Local authorities support this response. Local authorities also provide support to the community.

Flooding and reservoir plans

As part of our response to flooding we maintain and use flood plans. These cover the following areas:

  • Hastings (incl. Bulverhythe)
  • Lewes
  • Pevensey Bay (covers Normans Bay, Westham, Langney and parts of Eastbourne)
  • Seahaven (Seaford and Newhaven area)
  • Uckfield

There are a number of reservoirs across East Sussex. Reservoir operators are responsible for such sites.

See more information, including reservoir maps, on the following websites:

Advice for communities on emergency planning

Communities can also prepare their own emergency plans. Below is advice on how to do this:

  - For town and parish councils.

 - How local communities can write their own emergency plan to help themselves during an emergency.

 - Download a community emergency planning toolkit and template.

Making an emergency plan for your family

A template for a Family: Emergency Plan (Sussex Police) is available from the SRF.

Please email the: Emergency Planning Team if you require:

  • information on any of the plans above
  • for support and advice on producing your own community plan