The Civil Contingencies Act 2004:
- Delivers a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom.
- Establishes a clear set of roles and responsibilities for those involved in emergency preparation and response at the local level.
- Divides local responders into two categories, imposing a different set of duties on each.
As a local authority we are classed as a Category 1 which means that we would (along with the emergency services
and the NHS) be at the core of the response to the emergency.
Under the Civil Contingencies Act we have to:
- 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; and
- provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management (Local Authorities only).
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is part of Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF), bringing together all the emergency responders in Staffordshire. For more information about how civil contingencies works in Staffordshire, visit www.staffordshireprepared.gov.uk
Major Emergency Planning Exercise Underway in Staffordshire - June 2013
Almost 40 organisations nationally and across Staffordshire are taking part in an emergency planning exercise this week.
Exercise TRITON will test how local authorities, emergency services and other partners are equipped to tackle a major emergency.
Participating 'players' include Staffordshire County Council, emergency services, the NHS, Utility companies, Highways and Transport, Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit, the Military and Government departments.
This is the first of its kind for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with ‘players’ at all response levels taking part, including live search and rescue play including the use of helicopters from the RAF, Police and Air Ambulance.
Events will be taking place over the course of the week, with 'players' continuing to work throughout a 24 hour period between Thursday June 6 and Friday June 7.
Details of the scenario will only be shared with participants as it unfolds but it has been written based on disasters which have occurred all over the world..
The exercise will be an opportunity to test multi-agency plans and the lessons identified will benefit all responder organisations in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
During the exercise, the Civil Contingencies Unit will be using the Twitter account @StaffsPrepared #ExTRITON.