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Preparing for Emergencies

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Preparing for Emergencies: the National Picture

Government Offices work with local partners to ensure that regions are able to respond to large-scale incidents either within or bordering their regions.

Regional Resilience is a relatively new addition to the Government Office agenda and represents a new regional tier in Civil Protection.  Regional Resilience Teams were set up in each Government Office to support the civil protection community across the regions in their preparations to handle situations that have a regional or wider impact. In recent years the range of possible challenges has increased and may no longer be restricted to a localised area. This has meant that building the resilience of regions is a Government priority.


What is an emergency?


An emergency is a situation which presents a serious threat to one or more of the following:

  • human welfare
  • the environment
  • the security of the United Kingdom

Regional Resilience Teams work with local authorities, the emergency services and other key agencies to ensure that the region is prepared to deal with emergencies. Their major roles are to:

  • improve the co-ordination of civil protection at regional level
  • improve co-ordination with local responders
  • support planning for a regional response
  • co-ordinate government resources in a disaster
  • assist with recovery
  • build on existing civil protection structures
  • create civil protection partnerships

The Regional Resilience Teams support the formation of Regional Resilience Forums, which are made up of central government agencies, the armed forces, the emergency services and local authorities, and provide a multi-agency strategic direction to civil protection planning at a regional level. 

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