Guidance

Emergency preparedness

Guidance on part 1 of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, its associated regulations and non-statutory arrangements.

Documents

Chapter 1: Introduction (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 2: Co-operation (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 3: Formal Information sharing (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 4: Local responder risk assessment duty (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 5: Emergency Planning (revised October 2011)

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Chapter 6: Business Continuity Management (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 7: Communicating with the public (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 8: Business continuity advice and assistance to business and the voluntary sector (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 9: London (revised March 2012)

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Chapter 10: Scotland (revised October 2011)

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Chapter 11: Wales (revised October 2011)

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Chapter 12: Northern Ireland (revised October 2011)

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Chapter 13: Support and challenge (published March 2012)

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Chapter 14: The Role of the Voluntary Sector (revised October 2011)

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Chapter 15: Other Sectors that should be involved in Emergency Planning (revised October 2011)

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Chapter 16: Collaboration and Co-operation between Local Resilience Forums in England (published March 2012)

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Chapter 19: The Fit with Other Legislation (published February 2011)

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Annex 7A: Communicating with the public: News Co-ordination Centre (revised March 2012)

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Annex 7B: Lead responsibility for warning and informing the public (revised March 2012)

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Annex 7C: Checklist of suggested protocols (revised March 2012)

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Annex 7D: Duty to communicate with the public – The Ten Step Cycle (published March 2012)

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Further reading (revised October 2011)

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Glossary (published March 2012)

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Detail

Emergency Preparedness provides guidance on Part 1 of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, its associated Regulations and non-statutory arrangements.

Emergency Preparedness and the accompanying document Emergency Response and Recovery, sets out the generic framework for civil protection. It deals with pre-emergency elements of integrated emergency management - anticipation, assessment, prevention and preparation.

The standard structure for most chapters of Emergency Preparedness includes details of the legislative requirements of the Act and the Regulations. They also offer good practice guidance on how Category 1 and 2 responders can carry out their duties to comply with the legislation; and provide useful information that is not governed by the legislation.

Some issues in common underpin the main chapters:

  • the definition of emergency;
  • the importance of Category 1 and 2 responders’ functions;
  • the distinction between Category 1 and 2 responders; and
  • the links between the duties

The Civil Contingencies Act Enhancement Programme (CCAEP) completed the review of the Emergency Preparedness guidance document in March 2012. The revised chapters are all available for download.

Please note: There is currently a gap in the chapter sequence between chapters 16 and 19 as a result of changes from the review. A new Chapter 13 - Support and Challenge (merges former Chapter 13 - Monitoring and Enforcement and former Chapter 16 - The Role of the Minister) and new Chapter 16 - Collaboration and Co-operation between Local Resilience Forums in England (merges former Chapter 17 - Co-operation and the regional Level in England and former Chapter 18 - Planning at the regional Level in England). The chapter sequence will be amended in the near future, when a consolidated version of Emergency Preparedness will also be available for download.