Civil Contingencies Secretariat
|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 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
- Christina Scott 2010-2013
- Bruce Mann 2004-2010
- Susan Scholefield, CMG 2002-2004
- Mike Granatt, CB 2001-2002
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.
- Civil Contingencies Committee
- Emergency Planning College
- Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre
- Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
- UK Resilience - website of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat
- Cabinet office web page for the Civil Contingencies Secretariat
- Jo Revill (2007-07-29). "The mandarins planning how we would cope again". The Guardian.
- http://www.the-eps.org.uk - web site of the EPS the foremost body representing UK Emergency Planning Practitioners