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ACC WELCOMES MOVE ON WARNING SYSTEM

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The Association of County Councils is supporting the establishment of a national steering committee on emergency wa...
The Association of County Councils is supporting the establishment of a national steering committee on emergency warning systems. It sees the move as the first step towards the national emergency warning system Britain desperately needs.

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.

Following a brainstorming session of 17 national organisations earlier this year, Hertfordshire County Council put together a 38 point plan for improving communications with the public in an emergency. One of the key recommendations was establishing such a commit to co-ordinate and improve existing warning systems.

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.'

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