Civil Contingencies Secretariat

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Civil Contingencies Secretariat
Agency overview
Formed July 2001; 15 years ago (2001-07)
Parent agency Cabinet Office

The Civil Contingencies Secretariat, created in July 2001, is the department of the British Cabinet Office responsible for emergency planning in the UK. The role of the secretariat is to ensure the United Kingdom’s resilience against disruptive challenge, and to do this by working with others to anticipate, assess, prevent, prepare, respond and recover. Until its creation in 2001, emergency planning in Britain was the responsibility of the Home Office.

The head of the secretariat reports directly to the Cabinet Office's Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator. The Secretariat is organised into three divisions: Assessment; Operations; and Policy. The Civil Contingencies Secretariat provides information to the public through its website, UK Resilience.

Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat[edit]

Until 2001 the Home Office carried out emergency preparedness planning through its Emergency Planning Division, which in turn replaced the Home Defence and Emergency Services Division. From 1935 to 1971 a separate department, called the Civil Defence Department (in the early years the Air Raids Precautions Department, Ministry of Home Security), existed.

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  1. ^ Revill, Jo (29 July 2007). "The mandarins planning how we would cope again". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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