Red Cross sets up NGO forum to plan response to crises

The British Red Cross is setting up a voluntary sector forum to ensure charities and NGOs act effectively in the event of a major crisis such as a terrorist attack.

The charity is eager for voluntary organisations to help shape the Government's Civil Contingencies Bill, which is currently being examined by a select committee and will provide a single framework for civil protection.

"For many years, voluntary sector organisations have responded to major incidents at a local level, and agreed roles they might undertake in response to particular emergencies," said Moya Wood-Heath, UK emergency planning officer at the British Red Cross. "What doesn't exist is a UK-wide forum to enable bodies to meet, share good practice and have discussions with the statutory sector to maximise this contribution."

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