Civil Contingencies

EU Flood Command to improve EU response

EU FloodCommand is a new UK-led, EU co-funded project to improve cooperation between member states as they plan and implement a joined-up response to coastal flooding disasters. Coastal flooding has been a cause of major loss of life and destruction of property over recent decades across Europe, and the problem is due to get worse with global warming and predicted rises in sea levels. The EU has agreed to fund the project up to 80 per cent of its overall eligible costs.

DEFRA announces £2M for flood rescue capability


The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced a total of £2million to improve flood rescue capability. Grants totalling approximately £650,000 have been awarded from the fund today.

GovNet Communications partner with the Continuity Forum for Civil Contingencies 2011

The Continuity Forum is pleased to announce a new partnership with GovNet Communications, one of the leading Public Sector publishers and Events organisers in the UK.  

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Civil Contingencies 2011 - Continuity Forum Partner Event

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Civil Contingencies 2011
QEII Conference Centre, London. 
Tuesday 18th January, 2011

New volunteer system to support local response against threats

Government plans for new volunteer Army

21/03/2008 Gordon Brown wants tens of thousands of Britons to join a new volunteer force to help the Government respond and help tackle boost resources in handling threats to our communities from flooding right through to terrorism. 

The Prime Minister also said ministers will also publish an annual risk register of the top threats facing Britain, from the Al Qaeda terror threat to flooding and cyber crime. The new force, called a new Civil Protection Network, will be based on the local Neighbourhood Watch schemes and will link into Local Authority Planning The Prime Minister said he wanted to see “improved resilience against emergencies" from floods to terrorist attacks. This would take “not the old Cold War idea of civil defence but a new form of civil protection". 

Utilities network under threat

Major power failure would leave gas & electricity companies in jeopardy

Most gas and electricity companies rely on commercial mobile phone networks that would stop working in the event of a major power failure. Public mobile networks have limited battery back-up which, once exhausted, would leave engineers working to restore vital utilities unable to communicate.

The situation is not a result of mismanagement on the part of either energy companies or mobile phone network operators, but exposes the need for a high-level overview of interdependencies in the UK utility sector.

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