Civil Contingencies Act 2004

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Civil Contingencies Act 20042016-12-27T19:22:26+00:00

Civil Contingencies Act 2004 


An Act of Parliament that provides the framework for emergency and disaster planning and response on local and national levels in the UK.

The Act replaced the Civil Defence Act 1948 which was ill-equipped for domestic squabbles–e.g., related to fuel, flooding and foot-and-mouth disease, or serious emergencies such as terrorism. The Act is divided into three parts, of which Part 1, which defines local arrangements for civil protection, is of particular medical interest. Part 1 lists core (category 1) responders: “blue light” services–emergency medical services, police, fire, coast guard, primary care trusts, acute trusts, foundation trusts, health protection agency, port health authorities, local authorities, and environment agency


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