The multi-agency committee will examine how to improve public emergency warning systems. The ACC will appoint a councillor and an officer to it.
A plethora of public warning systems sprang up Around the country when the wartime sirens were shut down.
The ACC has been lobbying for a national emergency warning system for about five years. That has now come a step closer to reality with the news that the Home Office is set to set up the steering committee.
The report also recommends:
studying the feasibility of an integrated public warning system
examining ways of improving co-ordination between government departments
%reviewing new technological developments to build a future-proof system, and
%devising new ways of raising public awareness of emergency warning systems
Mick Warner, chairman of the association's fire and emergency planning committee, said: 'Local government is up to the challenge of building a new emergency warning system. We look forward to working with the government on this, and are confident of success. It will help make Britain a much safer place and could save lives.'