Other agencies and organisations
In addition to the Category 1 and Category 2 organisations with statutory duties to prepare for emergencies, there are a number of other agencies and organisations involved in emergency planning within Suffolk.
The Voluntary Sector can provide a diverse range of resources in an emergency which is invaluable to the emergency services. They come together as the Suffolk Voluntary Organisations Group (SVOG) and are pqrt of the Suffolk Resilience Forum.
Please see the list below for further information on the voluntary services and what they can provide:
|Voluntary organisation||Services / resources offered during an emergency|
Pastoral care for survivors, family, friends and the bereaved.
|British Red Cross||
|Suffolk Community 4 x 4 Response||
Norfolk and Suffolk 4x4 response
|Organised, assessed, insured and coordinated volunteers with 4x4 vehicles providing:
|St John Ambulance||
As part of the national ambulance reserve, our primary role is in support of NHS ambulance trusts, providing ambulances to the scene of an incident, backfilling any deficit of ambulances created by the emergency, transferring patients in order to increase bed capacity where it’s immediately needed, and repatriating displaced victims post-discharge.
• First aiders for Casualty Clearing Areas
• Attendants for rest/survivor centres, providing respite for affected members of the public
• The use of our unit headquarters as rest centres
• First aiders to assist in receiving or supporting hospitals
• Assistance to vulnerable people in the community
• Medical cover at the scene during the investigation and recovery phases
• Additional equipment or facilities
• Information to the public
• First aid training for the public.
|National Coastwatch Institution||
|Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service||Promote sea safety awareness through education, and to protect and to preserve life at sea by the provision of a volunteer coast patrol rescue service within the surrounding areas, or wheresoever, tasked by HM Coastguard.|
|Royal voluntary Service||Offer suport to rest centres, information points and assit with the provision of food.|
Provide refreshments and care to the emergency services at the scene.
Provision of locations for Emergency Response Centres
Assist primarily in the Recovery phase but are available in the Response phase if required.