The Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is a partnership of all the organisations needed to prepare for an emergency in the LRF area. It includes the emergency services, health services, Maritime and Coastal Agency, Environment Agency, volunteer agencies, utility companies, transport providers and the five Councils of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, LRFs have a statutory duty to produce a Community Risk Register (CRR) to enable the community to be better prepared to cope during an emergency and to recover more quickly.
The purpose of the LRF is to plan and prepare for emergencies, to deliver an effective and efficient response to an emergency, to support and enable communities of the Avon and Somerset LRF to prepare for and to become more resilient to emergencies.
You don’t have to be in Avon and Somerset LRF area for long to identify that there is a huge diversity between areas, the environment and social groups; this is why the area is a unique and vibrant place to live and work.
However, the same range of diversity is true about the risks faced. Whilst there are some risks which may affect anyone regardless of geography (pandemic influenza), there are some geographic areas where the risk is higher for certain incidents.
The CRR provides information on emergencies that could happen within the Avon and Somerset LRF Area, together with an assessment of how likely they are to happen and the impacts if they do.
This document aims to summarise the CRR in a format which can be easily used by residents and communities. It does not include every risk only the ones that are most likely to happen.
To find out if you are affected by any of the risks please refer to your Council’s local information pages.