Emergency Planning College

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The Emergency Planning College (The Hawkhills) is run by Serco on behalf of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) of the Cabinet Office. The current CEO is Major-General Michael Charlton-Weedy.[1]

The college known as The Hawkhills is located at Easingwold near York in England, and was a private country house, and from 1937 was one of two gas training college as Britain prepared for the threat of chemical warfare. It became a Civil Defence Corps training facility before becoming the emergency planning college for the Home Office's F6 Emergency Planning Division.

Since 1989 and the disbanding of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation, in 1992, it has been the British Government's centre for running short seminars, workshops and courses on an inter–agency basis in the field of crisis management and emergency planning. Its specialist programming attracts in excess of six thousand delegates per year from a wide range of backgrounds providing a national forum for discussion and the sharing of good practice.

The United States counterpart of the Emergency Planning College is the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


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