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7 duties placed on Local Authorities:

 

Co-operate with other local responders to enhance coordination and efficiency:

Category 1 and 2 responders within a police force area are required to cooperate with each other and additional organisations involved in emergency response (such as voluntary organisations). These organisations form a Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to provide a framework that formalises multi-agency planning and joint working on a local level.

Ensure information is shared with other local responders to enhance coordination:

Category 1 and 2 responders have a duty to share information with each other, but caution is given against the release of potentially sensitive information which may need to be controlled.

Information sharing between agencies is seen as a crucial element of civil protection, encouraging liaison between agencies, ensuring that where appropriate, each can be keep up to date on existing procedures and future plans and share information on specifics such hazards, risk assessments. It is also beneficial to gain an accurate perception of partner agencies capabilities and expectations in responding to an emergency to assist the planning process.

Carry out risk assessments:

The Act recognises risk assessment as a key activity in preparing emergency and business continuity plans, helping to ensure that plans are proportionate to the risks identified and provide a measure to asses their plans against. More information on risk assessment for both the LRF and the Council can be found using the links on the left.

Category 1 responders have a duty to assess the risk of emergencies occurring within or affecting upon their geographical area, according to the definition of emergency as defined in the Act, i.e. an incident of such scale that it would seriously limit the ability of Category 1 responders carrying out their functions.

The recognition of such risks are published in a ‘Community Risk Register’ and Category 1 responders must determine if any actions are to be taken to mitigate the identified risk depending on there likely impact and probability of occurring. Use this link to view the South Wales Community Risk Register.

Have emergency plans in place:

Category 1 responders must maintain plans to ensure they can respond effectively in the event of an emergency by working to prevent, reduce, control or mitigate the effects of an emergency. Such plans must also give consideration to the potential for multi agency involvement. In addition, regulations specifically require plans to clearly determine how an emergency is declared and by whom. Under this duty, the act specifies that responding agencies must train their staff against any plans and procedures that are put in place and carry out exercises to ensure the plans are effective.

Have business continuity management arrangements in place:

Category 1 responders must maintain plans to ensure that they can continue their essential services during times of severe disruption, for example through significant staff losses or loss of building access. Use the link in the table on the left hand side for more information on Business Continuity.

Have arrangements in place to be able to warn and inform the public in the event of an Emergency:

Category 1 responders must have arrangements in place to provide information and advice to the public before foreseeable incidents, for example Pandemic Influenza or a fuel crisis which are likely to be slow onset events, as well as during and following major emergencies.

Such communications could be in the form of leaflets or posters, as well as utilising existing communication tools by working with local press and radio stations. Depending on the nature of the incident these communications are likely to be in partnership with other agencies also involved in the incident.

Provide advice and assistance to businesses and voluntary organisations regarding business continuity management (local authorities only):

The Act places responsibility on local authorities to promote and provide advice on business continuity to businesses and appropriate voluntary organisations that have a base within the authorities’ boundary. Local Authorities can either provide this advice themselves and charge for the service, or refer interested parties to appropriate consultancies.

Useful Links:

Emergency Preparedness: detailed guidance on the CCA

Last Updated: 31/03/2014
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