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Community Risk Register

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, the Suffolk Resilience Forum is required to ensure that events or situations which threaten serious damage to the people of Suffolk, or our environment, are identified, and where possible, controlled or mitigated against.

The Suffolk Community Risk Register is produced to assist in this process, see the online version below or download a copy (pdf, 60 KB).

It shows which risks have been identified to affect Suffolk including the assessment of each risk's impact and likelihood. The risks are presented in a matrix that allocates a risk rating according to government guidelines, it is a living document and Suffolk Resilience Forum members regularly review and update the risks in accordance with the National Risk Assessments (document is not publicly available) produced biennially by the government.

A National Risk Register provides an updated government assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different civil emergency risks (including naturally and accidentally occurring hazards and malicious threats) that may directly affect the UK over the next 5 years. It also signposts advice and guidance on what members of the public can do to prepare for these events.

The purpose of the Suffolk Community Risk Register is to:

  • Ensure that local responders have an accurate understanding of the risks they face and to provide a sound foundation for planning
  • Provide a rational basis for prioritising objectives, work programmes and allocation of resources
  • Enable local responders to assess the adequacy of their plans and identify any gaps
  • Facilitate joined up planning, based on consistent planning assumptions
  • Provide an accessible overview of emergency planning for the public and officials
  • Inform and reflect on national and regional risk assessments that support emergency planning and capability development at those levels

The production of this document fulfils a legal obligation under the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004.

Further information on risk and risk assessment can be found in Emergency Preparedness Chapter 4, Local Responder Risk Assessment Duty (external web site).