Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit

The Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit (JEPU) is a shared service owned by all 8 local authorities in Suffolk. The purpose of the unit is to support each Suffolk local authority to discharge its statutory responsibilities relating to planning for emergencies and also to assist their internal business continuity.

It also provides the routine local authority input to the Suffolk Resilience Forum.

The Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit is a formal partnership established by Legal Agreement (pdf, 230 KB).

Annually, the Chief Executive of each Suffolk local authority agrees a Joint Business Plan and budget for the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit (pdf, 802KB)

Each year the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit compiles an Annual Report (pdf, 217 KB) covering the civil contingencies achievements across all councils against agreed priorities and highlighting key events and activities.

Who should can I contact within JEPU?

(The telephone numbers given below are office hour numbers)

 01473 265321  or by  emergency.planning@suffolk.gov.uk

A small central team coordinates emergency planning and business continuity across Suffolk councils as follows:

Andy Osman, Head of Emergency Planning                      01473 265332

Rick Thornton, Business Continuity Manager                   01473 260439

Stuart Gough, Business Support Coordinator                   01473 265321

Staff within the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit are nominated to be the first public point of contact for Suffolk local authorities as follows:

Suffolk County Council:

Neal Evans, Deputy Head of Emergency Planning            01473 265317

Chris Blackman, Senior Emergency Planning Officer        01473 265314

Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council:

Steve Henthorn, District Emergency Planning Officer      07920 466340

Claire Weller, Emergency Planning Officer                         07833 234553

Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council:

Steve Henthorn, District Emergency Planning Officer      07920 466340

Sue Herne, Emergency Planning Officer                             01449 724851

Ipswich Borough Council:

Ipswich Borough Council Emergency Planning webpage (external web site)

Peter Langford, District Emergency Planning Officer         01473 433410

Emily Roden, Emergency Planning Officer                            01473 433431

Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council:

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council Emergency Planning webpage (external web site)

Peter Langford, District Emergency Planning Officer          01502 523321

Keith Fawkner-Simpson, Emergency Planning Officer         01394 444453

Peer Review

A peer review was completed in early 2016 to provide feedback on how the range of services delivered by JEPU is perceived by our stakeholders, what works well and to identify where improvements could be made. The conclusions are published in the Summary Report (pdf, 172 KB) and the detailed results contained in the Supplement (pdf, 1 MB) .