Government Offices work with local partners to ensure that regions are able to respond to large-scale incidents either within or bordering their regions.
More information on the national picture
A small team within the Government Office act as the key interface between
central government and local responders (emergency services, local
authorities and others). In the event of an incident the team will
liaise with local responders and provide situation reports to government
departments. In carrying out this role it may be appropriate for the
Regional Resilience Team (RRT) to place a liaison officer within the Gold
command (local multi agency group).
The RRT provides the secretariat support for the Regional Resilience
Forum (RRF). The RRF has been formed to bring together key players
from within the region such as local authorities, central government
agencies, the armed forces and emergency services. Other
organisations such as utility operators may also be invited to participate
if appropriate. For further information on the role of the RRF please
use the link above to the national picture.
Regional Resilience Forums play no role in the operational response to
emergencies if the scale of the emergency requires the response to be
co-ordinated at a regional level a Regional Civil Contingencies Committee
(RCCC) will be set up. The RRT will provide support to this
team. More details on the work of the RCCC are available by clicking
on the national content link above.
Regional Media Emergency Forums (RMEFs) were set up as a voluntary
arrangement bringing together media, local responders and planners to
deliver the best public information and news practice in an
emergency. Membership of the RMEFs varies but always includes
- UK media at a local and regional level
- central government at regional level
- local authorities
- police, fire and ambulance services
- other key agencies and utilities
After an emergency a disruptive challenge may continue to have an impact
long after the immediate threat has been countered or removed. The
RRT works to support and provide links between local responders and central
government to increase co-ordination and communication to help the area
recovery as quickly and as fully as possible.
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