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