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The role of local government in emergency response 090107


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The role of local government in emergency response 090107

  1. 1. The Role of LocalGovernment inEmergency ResponseDominic Mellon BSc MICDDSSenior Civil Protection Officer
  2. 2. Emergency what?! Emergency Planning Emergency Preparedness Emergency Management Civil Resilience Civil Defence Civil Protection Disaster Management
  3. 3. History of Civil Protection
  4. 4. Legislation Civil Defence Act 1948 Health & Safety at Work Act Seveso II Directive Civil Contingencies Act 2004
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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’
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 5: Business ContinuityManagement Cat 1 responders must have BCMplans in place to ensure adequateemergency response Good practice for all organisations
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 7: BCM Promotion Local Authority only Must promote BCM principles to localbusinesses and voluntaryorganisations Best practice?
  14. 14. Emergency Response Role Crucial to the emergency response Functions often required inemergency situations Temporary mortuaries Responder welfare Community welfare Response  Recovery
  15. 15. 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