Humber Raynet

Ready for the Unexpected

By the turn of the century, emergency planning had not kept up with major national and international changes. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 repealed the Civil Defence Act 1948. Part 1 of the Act established a new definition for “emergency”.

The definition included war or attack by a foreign power, which were defined as emergency under previous legislation, as well as terrorism which poses a threat of serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom and events which threaten serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom or to the environment of a place in the United Kingdom.

Previous legislation provided for civil protection solely in terms of "civil defence", which was defined as "measures, other than actual combat, for affording defence against a hostile attack by a foreign power".

The Act also broadened the number of local bodies which have duties in the event of an emergency, previous legislation only related to local authorities, police authorities and  fire authorities.

In the wake of the foot and mouth outbreak, fuel protests and an increasing terrorism threat, the government announced a formal review into emergency planning arrangements.

The new Act created Local Resilience Forums (usually aligned to police force boundaries) to consider emergency response and requires responders to undertake risk assessments, maintain them in a Community Risk Register and to publish this register. Risks in this context are those that could result in a major emergency.

The act also created Category 1 and Category 2 responders (listed below) who have responsibilities under the act. Each responder has an emergency planning officer (sometimes called a civil protection officer, civil contingencies officer, resilience officer, or risk manager) who is usually responsible for ensuring their organisation is in compliance with the Act and sharing information with other responders.

Category 1 responders

Category 1 responders are known as core responders - they include the usual "blue-light" emergency services as well as others:

Local authorities

Police forces, including the British Transport Police

Fire services

Ambulance services

HM Coastguard

NHS hospital trusts, NHS foundation trusts, NHS England and Public Health England

Port health authorities

The Environment Agency, 

Category 2 responders

Category 2 responders are key co-operating responders that act in support of the Category 1 responders. 

Electricity distributors and transmitters

Gas distributors

Water and sewerage undertakers

Internet and telephone service providers (fixed and mobile) 


Network Rail

Train operating companies (passenger and freight) including LT and TfL

Highways England

Airport operators

Harbour authorities

NHS Clinical commissioning group

Health and  Safety Executive

Voluntary Agencies – such as WVS, St John, Red Cross

In our area the response to Emergencies was to be guided by a new joint emergency planning service, The Humber Emergency Planning Service (HEPS) which covered the East Riding, City of Hull, North and North-East Lincolnshire.


 At the time, East Yorkshire Raynet (EYR) continued to provide a traditional Raynet response, and centred its activities on outdoor events. 

By 2010 interest was growing again in emergency radio. There were a number of factors in this, - floods, extreme weather, the deteriorating security environment and changes to radio licensing leading to a rise in the amateur radio population. Some new licensees were developing an interest in emergency radio. A new group was formed to cover the area south of the Humber, and change was in the air. 


The East Yorkshire Repeater Group (EYRG) joined with the local 4x4 Response Group to provide training and emergency communications systems. The group had a wide base of technical expertise and placed its repeater network at the disposal of emergency groups when needed. Additionally, the group had mobile talk through units and handheld VHF and UHF radios for use in an emergency. 

The two groups established the East Yorkshire Emergency Communications Group (EYECG) in 2011. Members of the Goole Raynet group  joined this organisation together with other ex-members of the HCRA. The EYECG went on to provide coverage across the North bank of the Humber. 

By 2012 there were several emergency organizations serving the former Humberside area.

United We Flourish

Eastern Yorkshire was therefore covered by several Raynet groups with some degree of overlap. In 2013 merger talks began between the various groups and a unified North Humber Raynet was formed in December 2013. Members came from a variety of previous groups to form a united group that now covers Eastern Yorkshire. 


The group have been involved in a variety of events, including the 2015 York floods.

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