Guidance

Civil Contingencies Act - Category 2 Responders: overview of sectors and emergency planning arrangements

This section supports Category 1 and 2 responders by publishing in one place generic information about the industries covered by the Act.

Documents

Telecommunications (Telephone service providers - fixed and mobile)

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Water (Water and sewerage undertakers)

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Summary of Information on Water Companies Available on Websites

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Ports (Harbour authorities)

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Rail

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Detail

The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) establishes a legislative framework for emergency planning arrangements at the local level. The Act requires Category 2 responders, many of whom are private sector bodies (e.g. utilities, transport companies), to co-operate and share information with Category 1 responders (e.g. emergency services and local authorities) to inform multi-agency planning frameworks. For further information see Chapter 2 and 3 of Emergency Preparedness, the Act’s supporting statutory guidance.
 
This section supports Category 1 and 2 responders in their implementation of these duties by publishing in one place, generic information about the industries covered by the Act. It provides a portal for Category 2 sectors to pro-actively publish information about their industries to promote awareness among front-line responders. It provides a valuable mechanism for ensuring that Category 1 responders have ready and easy access to much of the generic information they need. It is not intended to replace or dilute the local engagement mandated by the Act, but it may help local partners to focus this engagement on issues specific to their locality.
 
The information on these websites has been provided by those sectors who have opted to take advantage of the portal. It is intended to be as helpful as possible for Category 1 responders. We - and the industries who have provided this information - would welcome your feedback: ccact@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk. What more would you like to see published?