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NEW JOINT BODY FOR EMERGENCIES

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A national committee on emergency responses has been set up to decide which agency should be responsible for warnin...
A national committee on emergency responses has been set up to decide which agency should be responsible for warning the public.

The committee, which includes representatives from local authorities and the police and fire services, met for the first time last week.

David Moses, chief emergency planning officer for Hertfordshire CC and convenor of the group, said no single agency was charged with co-ordinating responses to an emergency.

'While no one agency can be totally responsible, we will be looking at which should take the lead,' he said.

The steering group also aims to 'increase our ability to warn more people more quickly about floods, water contamination, chemical leaks, severe weather problems or even terrorist or nuclear incidents', he said.

In July, the group will draw up an action plan to tackle alerting the public with new technology and the media, public education and the development of a standard for sirens.

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