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CCA & The LRF

The Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) covers the vast majority of agencies that might respond to an emergency. It splits them into two sections - Category 1 and Category 2 responders - each being given a different set of duties.

Category 1 responders include the emergency services, local authorities, health services and the Environment Agency.

Under the CCA, these agencies are required to:

       undertake risk assessments;
       plan for emergencies – including prevention and mitigation;
       put in place their own business continuity plans;
       publish information about risk assessments and plans;
       put in place arrangements to warn and inform the public;
       co-operate and share information with other local responders; and
       promote business continuity management to local businesses and voluntary agencies (local authority responsibility only).

Category 2 responders include utilities companies (gas, electric, water and telecoms), transport operators and the Health and Safety Executive.

These agencies are required to:

       Co-operate with other local responders; and
       Share information with other local responders.
 
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