South Yorkshire Local Resilience ForumDate 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.
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.
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
South Yorkshire LRF Secretariat
Any media enquiries regarding South Yorkshire LRF should be directed to the South Yorkshire Police media team: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Department of Health & Social Care
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals
NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Transport and Utilities
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network (Raynet)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Other Useful Websites
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)