Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning

  • Emergency planning is at the heart of the civil protection duty on Category 1 responders. The Act requires Category 1 responders to maintain plans for preventing emergencies; reducing, controlling or mitigating the effects of emergencies in both the response and recovery phases; and taking other action in the event of emergencies
  • The Regulations require plans to contain a procedure for determining whether an emergency has occurred; provision for training key staff; and provision for exercising the plan to ensure it is effective. Procedures should also be put in place to ensure that the plan is reviewed periodically and kept up to date
  • Category 1 responders must have regard to risk assessments when deciding which plans are required and when developing and reviewing the contents of them
  • Emergency plans may take the form of generic plans – which set out the core of a Category 1 responder’s response to, and recovery from, any emergency – or specific plans dealing with particular hazards or sites. Category 1 responders will probably adopt a combination of the two
  • Multi-agency plans can consolidate partnership working. Multi-agency plans are permitted, and Category 1 responders are required to consider whether it would be appropriate to develop multi-agency plans
  • Category 1 responders should involve Category 2 responders – and organisations which are not subject to the Act’s requirements – as appropriate throughout the planning process. Category 1 responders are specifically required to have regard to the activities of relevant voluntary organisations when developing plans and may also wish to have regard to the work of communities
  • Senior personnel should be involved in planning and testing and exercising plans. They should also support the assimilation of lessons learned

Revision to Emergency Preparedness published by the Cabinet Office

Our consultants all have “Hands on” experience in dealing with multi agency responses to emergencies, they are also  experienced in developing all the critical parts to making  companies or organisations Emergency Plans effective, enabling them to return to normal business as quickly as possible.

Emergency planning is a systematic and ongoing process, preparing organisations for the response to, and recovery from, emergencies. It evolves as lessons are identified and addressed and circumstances change.

It is usual to view emergency planning as part of a cycle of activities beginning with establishing a risk profile to help determine what should be the priorities for developing plans and ending with review and revision, which then re-starts the whole cycle. The figure below has been adapted from earlier versions of the same diagram. The lower circle outlines the plan preparation process and the upper circle the life of the plan once it is issued and circulated. Embedding the plans within the management culture of the organisation is vital to ensuring effective response on the day of an emergency. Equally vital is to maintain the plans as circumstances change, and to ensure that awareness of the plans is renewed as they are revised.











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