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The Civil Contingencies Act requires local authorities as category 1 responder to prepare and maintain emergency plans to prevent emergencies, mitigate their effects and to take other action in the event of an emergency. Plans can be specific to particular events (eg explosion or fire at a particular industrial complex, flooding at a particular location) or generic plans, which plan a response to a wide range of possible scenarios. Specific plans usually rely on overarching generic plans.
Multi-agency plans are those where plans are maintained by more than one category 1 responder acting jointly. Usually one agency will take the lead and will consult with and will obtain approval from other agencies before the plan is issued. An example of a multi-agency plan in Devon is the Combined Agencies Emergency Response Protocol (CAERP), agreed at LRF level.