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The lead government department plan is designed primarily for use by Defra staff involved in flood emergency planning. Also those who would be involved in the response to a flooding incident. But it will also help others involved in flood emergency planning and response arrangements to design their own internal processes to fit with those of Defra.
The lead department plan sets out Defra’s role:
as lead government department (LGD) in central government planning for and responding to flooding emergencies; and
in dealing with the consequences of flooding for other parts of its specific departmental responsibilities - for such matters as waste, water and food supply, impacts on farming and the environment
In meeting Defra’s lead department responsibilities, there is a deliberate focus on the strategic objectives for the central government response to emergencies, which are to:
protect human life and as far as possible, property and the environment;
support the continuity of everyday activity and the restoration of disrupted services at the earliest opportunity; and
Document updated to reflect lessons learned from the winter floods 2013/14: updates under risk to life and property, types of flooding covered, managing a crisis, local or national, other partners, working with EA and DCLG.