Borough Emergency Planning in London

Borough Based Responders

Category One organisations at the London borough level are at the core of the response to most emergencies such as Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance as well as NHS bodies and local authorities. Statutory duties are placed upon Category One responders and each London borough local authority to write, maintain and exercise emergency plans (see here for an example of a borough based Emergency Plan). These plans cover a wide range of potential emergencies and are created either specifically for London borough, or as part of the wider London based multi-agency response.


Category Two responders, at borough level, are locally based  ‘co-operating bodies’ and regional or sub regional bodies and authorities with borough based services. They are less likely to be involved in the heart of planning work, but will be involved in incidents that affect their own  communities or service sector. Category Two responders should include local voluntary groups, Safer Neighbourhood Boards, Multi Faith Forums, utilities companies, as well as the Health and Safety Executive.

Category One and Category Two responders should come together to form the Borough Resilience Forum. This is a regularly meeting  (often quarterly) forum meeting where both sets of responders take the opportunity to catch up, inform and discuss each pertinent exercise, incidents or developments.

Local Emergency Planning Team

The day-to-day activities at a local level are normally undertaken by the borough's Emergency Planning Team. Their work should include:

  • Conducting risk assessments to identify hazards. This allows us to prioritise planning and resources to the areas faced with the greatest threat.
  • Writing and maintaining emergency plans.
  • Providing advice and undertaking warning and informing activities such as providing severe weather guidance, producing our community risk register and providing information about business resilience.
  • Exercising and reviewing plans and emergency procedures. This is either done in-house with just Council employees or in conjunction with our multi-agency partners.

Contact details of Borough Based Emergency Planning Teams (EPT)  should be available on each of the 32 London borough's websites.

To identify your borough EPT use this tool: here