What is the Civil Contingency Act 2004?
The legislation and accompanying non-statutory measures give us a single framework for civil protection in the UK. This improves the UK's ability to deal with the consequences of major disruptive incidents by improving the planning process at a local level, building better contacts between agencies and improving the link between local areas and central government.
What is an emergency?
The CCA 2004 it defines an emergency as:
- an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare;
- an event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment; or
- war, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to security.
What is a major incident?
A major incident is defined as an:
"Event or situation requiring a response under one or more of the emergency services' major incident plans."