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The objective of this guidance is to provide a common understanding of options available to emergency planners for the coordination, prioritisation and acquisition of emergency supplies.
The guidance is based on the following principles:
Local Resilience Forums should set up a multi-agency logistic support capability as a standard part of their emergency planning, response and recovery arrangements.
Regional Offices should facilitate logistic support arrangements within a region.
Central Government should provide strategic guidance and advice; also support and co-ordination in the event of exceptional circumstances.
For the purposes of this document, logistic operations refer to the coordination of the acquisition, distribution and replenishment of supplies essential for the response and recovery to an emergency.
Accepting that one size does not fit all, we expect emergency planners to use this guidance as a source of information for logistic planning and to adapt the information and advice to fit within a plan that best suits their local arrangements.