Community Emergency Plan

Worth Parish Council's Community Emergency Plan provides support, advice and guidance to the local community (villages of Copthorne and Crawley Down) both in advance of and during any significant and/or local emergency. 

Although not required by law, Parish Councils can play a vital role during and after a local incident. This Community Emergency Plan is designed to complement those of emergency responders (emergency services and Mid Sussex District Council). 

By planning in advance, Worth Parish Council can help coordinate local response activities. By being prepared and being able to respond to an emergency can often help people recover more quickly and make communities more resilient. 

Vulnerable Residents in The Parish

There are people in all communities that are seen as potentially vulnerable in an emergency or crisis. For example, children, the elderly, those with mobility difficulties, those who receive care from relatives, the homeless (this list is not exhaustive).

Many of our vulnerable residents will be known to existing service providers (people who live or are present in vulnerable establishments such as schools, nursing homes or day centres).

There will be others who, for a variety of reasons, are more difficult to identify – such as those who live in the community as individuals, visitors to the area or the homeless. Contingency arrangements are needed to ensure they are not overlooked. Therefore, Worth Parish Council will hold a list of vulnerable individuals in the Parish. So, if we are faced with a local emergency, we can ensure that we help those who need it most.

If you know of anyone in the Parish who you deem as vulnerable and would like to include them on our confidential list, please contact us at the office on 01342 713407 or email us 

How You Can Help?

Calling all Businesses and Voluntary Groups and Individuals! Can you help your community in an emergency? Are you able to offer valuable assistance at such times, such as;

• Checking on vulnerable people
• Collecting provisions and prescriptions
• Distributing water
• Helping move property and furniture
• Clear snow or trees (you may own a chainsaw or 4X4)
• Provide shelter or food and drinks

The above list is not exhaustive but gives an indication of the kind of things that we think we can do to help people affected by an emergency.

If you are able to help please use this form if you wish to sign up. Or email us at

We understand circumstances change, so there is no obligation to help. What it means is that you may receive a call to find out if the assistance you have offered is still available and if you are able to help.

What You Can Do To Prepare For An Emergency

West Sussex County Council has prepared a wealth of information about how to best prepare yourself for an emergency. There is also a Household Emergency Plan that can be downloaded.

Priority Services Register 

Vulnerable residents can join Priority Service Registers for water and energy. These registers are free and it means vulnerable residents will get extra support when needed.

South East Water Priority Services Register or call 0333 000 2468  

Southern Water Priority Services Register or call 0800 027 0800 

SES Water Priority Services Register or call 01737 772000 

UK Power Networks Priority Services Register (for power cuts) or call 0800 169 9970 


Emergency Alerts

Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your mobile phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe. 

Your mobile phone or tablet may: make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent, vibrate or read out the alert. The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.

An alert will include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information. You’ll get alerts based on your current location - not where you live or work. You do not need to turn on location services to receive alerts and the government does not need to know your phone number or location to send you an alert.


Further Information

Rough Sleeping
Mid Sussex District Council work in partnership with the outreach service Turning Tides to support residents who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping in Mid Sussex.


This service may not be aware of everyone so if anyone knows of a rough sleeper in Mid Sussex then Mid Sussex District Council can be alerted by completing a Streetlink referral.