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Disaster plan to be changed.

DRASTIC changes to Cardiff's blueprint for dealing with disasters could soon be made, according to the head of emergency planning.

Gavin Macho said new Government legislation will mean every local authority will need to bring their emergency planning procedures into line, in a move that could cost around pounds 17m.

Mr Macho, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan's principal emergency planning officer, said the Civil Contingencies Bill, which is due to go before Parliament next year, will have wide implications for the department responsible for dealing with anything from natural disasters, like flooding, to a terrorist attack.

Speaking at Cardiff council's policy review and scrutiny committee, Mr Macho said: 'It is still in the draft stage and will go through Parliament in June hopefully. The Government is saying the way we work will now have this clear and transparent guide.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
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