Emergency planning service

If you are experiencing an emergency that is an immediate and serious threat to life, property or the environment, call 999.


Responding to emergencies

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 gave local authorities and certain other organisations the responsibility to respond to civil emergencies.

The Civil Contingencies Act defines an emergency as:

  • an event or situation that threatens serious damage to human welfare in the UK
  • an event or situation that threatens serious damage to the environment in the UK
  • war or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK

Examples of emergencies include:

  • flooding
  • storms
  • pollution
  • major road traffic incidents
  • acts of terrorism
  • pandemics

Working alongside other responding agencies we:

  • support the emergency (blue light) services
  • provide support and care for the wider community
  • use resources to mitigate the effects of an emergency
  • take a leading role for recovery for local incidents

These emergency response roles and responsibilities are generally an extension of our normal day to day activities and include:

  • communicating with other local authorities and organisations
  • assisting with warning and informing the public
  • deployment of officers to incidents to enable effective communications between ourselves and other responders at or near the scene
  • provide temporary accommodation for those made homeless due to an emergency
  • plan for response to local risks such as coastal flooding
  • respond to local coastal pollution incidents
  • organise the removal of waste after an incident
  • technical and engineering advice
  • environmental health advice and services
  • Building Control Services e.g. structural safety advice


If you need to contact our emergency planning service, please call 01903 737922 (Monday to Thursday 8:45am to 5:15pm, 8:45am to 4:45pm on Fridays).

Or email michael.rowland@arun.gov.uk

If you need to contact us outside of our normal working hours, please call 01903 737500.


Sussex Resilience Forum

We are part of a multi-agency partnership known as the Sussex Resilience Forum.

This partnership coordinates the implementation of the Civil Contingencies Act in Sussex. The agencies work together to prepare and respond to emergencies. The partnership produces a local risk register that identifies potential major risks for Sussex.

You can find more information, including how you can prepare for emergencies, on the Sussex Police website.