South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum 

Date published: 19 April 2023 15:17

The South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) brings together all agencies with a significant role to play in responding to and recovering from the effect of emergencies in the county, and was formed to meet the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

The Civil Contingencies Act defines emergencies as: Any event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom, the environment of a place in the United Kingdom, or war, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom.

The main agencies involved in the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum are those classified as Category 1 Responders: South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, the four Local Authorities in South Yorkshire, the NHS, the UK Health Security Agency, and the Environment Agency. The most senior leaders from each of these organisations attend regular South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum meetings.

Other partners such as transport and utility companies are classified as Category 2 Responders. All of these organisations may also be involved in responding to and supporting recovery from local emergencies and so have a seat at the South Yorkshire LRF, as do local military and voluntary sector representatives.

Category 1 and 2 responders work together under the remit of the South Yorkshire LRF to plan and prepare for localised incidents and emergencies, working to identity potential risks and produce multiagency emergency plans to either prevent or mitigate the impact of incidents. Where emergencies do occur, the agencies in the LRF respond collectively in the most appropriate manner.

About us

What are LRFs?

Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are multi-agency partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. These agencies are known as Category 1 Responders, as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act.

Our partners

LRFs are supported by organisations, known as Category 2 responders, such as the Highways Agency and public utility companies. They have a responsibility to co-operate with Category 1 organisations and to share relevant information with the LRF. The geographical area the forums cover is based on police areas – ours is South Yorkshire.

LRFs also work with other partners in the military and voluntary sectors who provide a valuable contribution to LRF work in emergency preparedness.

What we do

LRFs aim to plan and prepare for localised incidents and catastrophic emergencies. They work to identify potential risks and produce emergency plans to either prevent or mitigate the impact of any incident on their local communities.

There is more information on LRFs in The role of Local Resilience Forums: a reference document.

Our Annual Report

South Yorkshire LRF produces an annual report which summarises our activity for the year. Please access the current and previous South Yorkshire LRF Annual Reports below.

South Yorkshire LRF Annual Report 2021-2022

South Yorkshire LRF Annual Report 2021-2022 (accessible version)

For previous South Yorkshire Annual Reports please contact the South Yorkshire LRF Secretariat on LRFAdmin@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Contact us

South Yorkshire LRF Secretariat

Email: LRFAdmin@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Any media enquiries regarding South Yorkshire LRF should be directed to the South Yorkshire Police media team: media@southyorks.pnn.police.uk 

Local Risks

Civil Contingencies Act

Our South Yorkshire Community Risk Register has been prepared in accordance with national guidance. The South Yorkshire Community Risk Register also includes advice on how you can prepare yourself and your home for local emergencies.

National Risk Register

The Government also produces a National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies (NRR) to provide an assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different civil emergency risks (including naturally and accidentally occurring hazards and malicious threats) that may directly affect the UK.

Advice on preparing for emergencies

For general advice on preparing for emergencies, the GOV.UK preparing for emergencies page has a range of useful information for individuals/homes, for businesses, and for communities.

To check if you are at risk of flooding, you can visit the GOV.UK flooding page, and you can also sign up for Flood Alerts from this page.

To access weather warnings, follow this link to the Met Office website, which also have useful seasonal weather advice.

Useful links

Emergency Services

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

South Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Local Authorities

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Doncaster Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Sheffield City Council

Health Organisations

Barnsley Hospital

Department of Health & Social Care

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals

NHS website

NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children's Hospital

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

UK Health Security Agency

Other Responders

Environment Agency

Met Office

Transport and Utilities

British Transport Police

National Grid

National Highways

Network Rail

Northern Powergrid

Severn Trent Water

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

Travel South Yorkshire

Yorkshire Water

Local Media

Barnsley Chronicle

BBC News South Yorkshire

BBC Radio Sheffield

Dearne FM

Doncaster Free Press

Hallam FM

Rother FM

Rotherham Advertiser

Sheffield Telegraph

The Star

Trax FM

Voluntary Organisations

Age UK

British Red Cross

Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network (Raynet)

Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

The Salvation Army


St John Ambulance

Victim Support

Volunteering England

Other Useful Websites

Business Continuity Institute

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Emergency Planning Society

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Home Office

The Security Service (MI5)

World Health Organisation