Evacuation and shelter guidance

New guidance has been produced by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in response to calls from local responders and planners.


Evacuation and Shelter Guidance


This guidance sets out the issues that local planners will need to consider and tailor to local circumstances, and has been produced to support responders in meeting their legal responsibilities. It is intended to help responders to develop flexible plans for evacuation and shelter that can be used in a wide range of scenarios and that reflect work undertaken across the country to develop evacuation and shelter plans. It also shares good practice. The guidance includes information on:

  • risk-based planning
  • evacuation
  • shelter
  • communications and the media
  • return and recovery

Changes since the 2006 edition

The guidance updates the 2006 Evacuation and Shelter Guidance for local emergency planners. Although there have been no significant changes to the principles or the process of evacuation and shelter planning, this update does include information based on lessons learned from more recent events and plans. It also provides greater focus on certain key issues, such as interdependencies between sectors, the voluntary sector, private-sector assets and commissioned services, short-term shelter and rest centre management.

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Published 11 October 2006
Last updated 27 January 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated former 2006 guidance.

  2. First published.