Emergency Planning


The Civil Contingencies Act places a number of duties on Local Authorities and other agencies that it classifies as either Category 1 or 2 responders. This is to ensure that emergency planning arrangements across the UK are in place and are consistent.


Mersey Port Health Authority is a Category 1 responder and is legally required to carry out the following activities:

  • Assess the risk of emergencies occurring and use this to inform contingency planning.
  • Put in place emergency plans.
  • Put in place business continuity management arrangements.
  • Put in place arrangements to make information available to the public about civil protection matters and maintain arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public in the event of an emergency.
  • Share information with other local responders to enhance co-ordination.
  • Co-operate with other local responders to enhance co-ordination and efficiency.
  • Provide advice and assistance to business and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.


Mersey Port Health Authority is also a member of The Merseyside Resilience Forum (MRF), this was set up in response to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 which requires local emergency responders such as the Fire, Police and Ambulance services and Local Authorities to co-operate in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies through a Local Resilience Forum.


The MRF compiles and reviews annually a Community Risk Register which identifies the most significant risks on Merseyside for which emergency responders prepare. You can find the Community Risk Register on the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service website