How the government prepares for emergencies
The UK government works nationally, locally and co-operatively to ensure civil protection. The Civil Contingencies Act, and accompanying non-legislative measures, delivers a single framework for civil protection in the UK.
In England and Wales, 42 Local Resilience Forums (LRF) are charged with ensuring effective inter agency working arrangements in support of planning for major incidents or civil emergencies.
In Scotland, 3 Regional Resilience Partnerships supported by 13 Local Resilience Partnerships are responsible for planning for major incidents or civil emergencies.
Details of your local resilience arrangements
England and Wales are available from the Cabinet Office.
Scotland go to the Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland website.
Northern Ireland are available from the Northern Ireland Civil Contingencies Policy Branch.
National Risk Register
The National Risk Register (NRR) provides information about the risks the UK is preparing for.
You can also use the National Business Resilience Planning Assumptions (NBRPA) to help prepare your own business for the kinds of risks identified in the NRR. The NBRPA is a very short document setting out the specific business impacts that these risks might have.
Tips and advice from Ready Scotland
Ready Scotland provides information, tips and advice to help communities and business prepare for emergencies. Here are some useful links to other Scottish organisations:
Business continuity for Dummies
Cabinet Office, in partnership with the Business Continuity Institute and Emergency Planning Society with support from BERG produced a book, which businesses are able to purchase called ‘Business Continuity for Dummies’, an essential survival guide forsmall and medium sized enterprises. There is also a free Bitesize Companion to this book.
British Red Cross
The Red Cross has information on the simple precautions you can take to prepare for a range of emergency situations, along with advice on how to cope if they happen.
The British Red Cross has produced a booklet and Top 10 Tips to explain that emergencies and disasters are about people and that identifying and meeting the needs of those affected by such life-changing events should be at the heart of civil protection, planning and response. This key message underpins the four principles for dealing with the human aspects of an emergency or disaster: being informed, being prepared and working together to build resilience.
Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications
The Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC) hub is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, local and national government organisations and private sector businesses. It aims to help businesses remain safe and secure by providing information that will assist them to develop robust resilience and emergency preparedness plans. You can register your business.
The Natural Hazards Partnership
The Natural Hazards Partnership, established in 2011, provides authoritative and consistent information, research and analysis on natural hazards for the development of more effective policies, communications and services for civil contingencies, governments and the responder community across the UK.
For Business continuity support in Manchester, visit the Manchester Business Continuity Forum
Find out more about the business preparation of Norfolk Resilience Forum.
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