Legislation Civil Defence Act 1948 Health & Safety at Work Act Seveso II Directive Civil Contingencies Act 2004
Regulations Control of Major Accident HazardsRegulations 1999 (COMAH) Pipeline Safety Regulations 1996(PSR) Radiation (Emergency Preparednessand Public Information) Regulations(REPPIR) Civil Contingencies Act 2004Regulations 2005 (CCA)
Civil Contingencies Act 2004 Local Authority - Cat One Responder Seven Civil Protection Duties:1. Cooperation2. Information Sharing3. Risk Assessment4. Emergency Planning5. Business Continuity Management6. Warning & Informing7. BCM Promotion
1: Cooperation Cat 1 & 2 responders must cooperatewithin Local Resilience Area Formation of Local Resilience Forum Right to attend vs. right to invite LRF subgroups Seven Local Authorities in SouthWales LRF
2: Information Sharing Cat 1 & 2 responders must share info Underpins duty to cooperate Requires controlled release ofinformation Classification of information Freedom of Information Act Data Protection Acts
3: Risk Assessment Cat 1 responders must makeemergency plans that areproportionate to risks Community Risk Register Challenge of ‘localising’ riskinformation: ‘top-down’ vs. ‘bottom-up’
4: Emergency Planning ‘Heart of Civil Protection’ Defines requirements of plans Regard to risk assessments Generic vs. Specific Multi-agency planning Involvement of Cat 2 and voluntaryagencies in planning process
5: Business ContinuityManagement Cat 1 responders must have BCMplans in place to ensure adequateemergency response Good practice for all organisations
6: Warning & Informing AKA ‘Communicating with the public’ Well informed = better prepared! Alerted vs. Alarmed Actually two distinct duties Media – e.g. BBC Connecting in aCrisis
7: BCM Promotion Local Authority only Must promote BCM principles to localbusinesses and voluntaryorganisations Best practice?
Emergency Response Role Crucial to the emergency response Functions often required inemergency situations Temporary mortuaries Responder welfare Community welfare Response Recovery
How do we do it? Civil Protection Unit 3 x Civil Protection Officers On-Call 24/7/365 Help coordinate emergency response Liaise with emergency responders Lessons learnt? Plan review schedule
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