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United Kingdom - Emergency planning

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Civil protection tasks and objectives

Civil protection in the UK is based on the concept of integrated emergency management which comprises six related activities: anticipation, assessment, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Guidelines for civil protection planning: The National Risk Register sets out the government's assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different risks that may directly affect the UK.

The National Risk Register is designed to increase awareness of the kinds of risks the UK faces, and encourage individuals and organisations to think about their own preparedness. The Register also includes details of what the government and emergency services are doing to prepare for emergencies.

Civil-military cooperation

The armed forces do not take a leading role in dealing with disruptive challenges in the UK and would only ever act in support of the civil authorities. It is, however, recognised that the armed forces’ organisation, skills, equipment and training make them an extremely valuable national resource with an established and flexible command and control structure. The armed forces will therefore continue to be available to support the civil authorities during emergencies.

International assistance

International assistance is offered/requested on a case-by-case basis following cross-departmental consultation.

Requests through the EU MIC and EARDCC are coordinated by the CCS as the National Point of Contact. Requests for humanitarian assistance through UNDAC are considered by the Department for International Development.