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Civil Contingencies act 2004

Key Points

Deadly Floods at the turn of the century provoked its development, NOT 9/11

The Bill spent 10 months in Parliament

The biggest challenge the Government face is IMPLEMENTING it.

Communities are involved in the implementing process.

Co-operation and Information sharing

Co-operation is paramount for its success!

Emergency planning requires everyone to work together.

It introduces the concept of category 1 and category 2 responders.

Category 1 Responder- Blue light services. They are at the core of response to most emergencies.

Category 2 Responder - Utility services, Health and Safety Executive. Less likely to be involved in the heart of the planning but will be heavily involved in an emergency that affects their sector.

Introduction of the Local Resilience Forum

Category 1 and 2 Responders come together (based on police areas) which helps co-ordination and co-operation between the services.

Risk Assessment

Publication of risk assessments are necessary as it gives the public better understanding of emergency planning concepts.

This is a tried and tested methodolgy, with a key influence of the Australian Risk Management

Category 1 Responders are required to carry out Risk Assessments

This is the first part of the Civil Protection Process.

Business Continuity Management

Previous powercuts showed that they need an emergency plan for this because the town was brought to a stand-still. The biggest example being Manchester.

Emergency Services are also required to have back-up stations.

Advice and Assistance for Businesses.

Local authorities are legally obliged to provide advice, especially smaller companies.

Effective Business Continuity Management is built on "7 P's":








Big companies such as Marks and Spencer may have their own emergency slogan





They change places during implementation.

This is a Multi-Agency Programme.

Communicating with the public

International and local media are key

The London bombings are a good example for this, Eyewitness accounts were gathered almost right away., The amount of bombs was established (3 on underground trains, 1 on a bus), Localized information was not given to news channels fast enough, causing traffic jams.

Category 1 Responders have the duty to 'warn and inform'.

The first point of contact is at regional or local level.

BBC set up 'Connecting in a Crisis'

It provides information to the public about an ongoing disaster

It delivers essential information quickly

It encourages emergency planning

It was sent to every blue light service and emergency planner in the UK.

Environment Agency introduce a new early warning system for flooding.

The Voluntary Sector

They are becoming more important

They are always here to help.

There is an endless list of voluntary agencies. (St John Ambulance, Red Cross etc)

Category 1 Responders are required to work with voluntary agencies in planning, implementing plans etc.