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A councillor's guide to civil emergencies

Civil emergencies take many forms and advance planning and preparation is vital.

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The principles for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a civil emergency are much the same whatever the emergency. With civil protection arrangements needing to be fully integrated across all responders; the first principle is anticipation and assessment of risk and the last, effective response and recovery arrangements. This is otherwise known as integrated emergency management; a holistic approach to preventing and managing emergencies.