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West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum

Dudley Council works with a number of organisations and agency partners to prepare for and respond to emergency events.

The West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum is a statutory multi agency partnership organisation that brings everyone together. It was set up to ensure the local authorities, emergency services and the environment agency (known as category 1 responders) in partnership with other organisations such as gas and water companies (category 2 responders) fulfil their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This Act is important because it establishes a consistent level of civil protection planning and preparation activity between these organisations across the UK.

About The West Midlands Conurbation Local Resilience Forum

The West Midlands Conurbation is made up of seven metropolitan councils (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton) with a total population of over 2.4 million people. It borders three counties: Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

The West Midlands Conurbation is associated with a high density urban nature, with key rail routes, including Birmingham New Street Station, a number of major roads and a complex motorway network, including stretches described as some of the busiest motorway sections in the UK. 

The West Midlands contains several highly industrialised areas, most notably Sandwell. The Conurbation hosts many conferencinfg, sporting and entertainment venues including the National Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, National Exhibition Centre, and several football stadia.

What do we do?

The aim of the West Midlands Conurbation LRF is to ensure:

  • There is an appropriate level of preparedness to enable an effective multi-agency response to emergency incidents, which have a significant impact on the communities of the West Midlands Conurbation.
  • All services and organisations work together ensuring the best possible preparations and plans are in place for emergencies. These are regularly tested and updated so that agencies can respond immediately and effectively to any threat.
  • Follow @WMidsPrepared on Twitter for updates and resources to help prepare yourself for emergencies.