Why plan for emergencies
Civil Contingencies Act
The Civil Contingencies Act places a number of duties on local authorities and other agencies that it classifies as either category 1 or 2 responders. This is to ensure that emergency planning arrangements across the UK are in place and are consistent.
Liverpool City Council is a category 1 responder and is legally required to carry out the following activities:
- Assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning.
- Put in place emergency plans.
- Put in place business continuity management arrangements.
- Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency.
- Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination.
- Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency.
- Provide advice and assistance to business and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.
Emergency planning is essential
Just as most people plan for emergencies by installing smoke alarms or carrying first aid boxes, agencies across Liverpool plan on a larger scale to try and lessen any effects of emergencies and ensure they are ready to respond.
Previous incidents and disasters that have occurred across the UK have shown that planning for emergencies is essential - from incidents such as the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak and fuel shortages due to fuel strikes to severe flooding.
Find out more on the Cabinet Office website.