The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 reflects the role of local authorities in providing civil protection at a local level and places a statutory duty on them to maintain emergency plans for events or situations likely to cause serious damage to human welfare and the environment.
The Animal Health Act 1981 (as amended by the 2002 Act) places statutory duties on local authorities in relation to animal disease outbreaks. This role is focused on preventing the spread of the notifiable animal disease, and thus limiting the effect of the disease on human and animal activities.
Therefore all local authorities must ensure that up to date animal disease contingency plans are in place as required under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, and that responsibilities under the Animal Health Act 1981 and the EC Communities Act 1972 can be performed directly.
These plans must be regularly reviewed and tested to ensure that local authorities can provide a rapid and effective response from the outset of a suspect notifiable animal disease case.
The Generic Notifiable Animal Disease Contingency Plan for Hampshire County Council contains details of the agencies involved and the actions necessary in the event of the suspicion or outbreak of a Notifiable Animal Disease such as Avian Influenza, Foot & Mouth and Classical Swine Fever.
Alternatively, a printed version of the plan can be obtained by contacting Trading Standards.