Civil Defence Law will be revised

ABU DHABI — The country’s Civil Defence Law will be revised to cater to crisis management.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 13 Jun 2006, 10:05 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:21 PM

An ad hoc committee, set up on the instructions of Lt.-Gen. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, will study the possibility of incorporating crisis management after amendment to the Federal Law No. 3 of 1979 on Federal Civil Defence. The committee, headed by Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Salem bin Kardous Al Ameri, Director-General of Civil Defence, held its first meeting yesterday to discuss the action plan and the agenda of the panel.

Civil Defence ensures the protection of people and public and private property, guarantees the normal functioning of communications and transport, and ensures the continuity of social activities in public premises. It must also protect the national heritage and other sources of wealth in times of war and peace, and during disasters and emergency situations. Civil Defence must take all measures necessary to prevent disasters and limit their consequences.

It is responsible for fighting fires, organising assistance, rescue, preventing risks, and the functioning of alarm systems over all the territory.

Civil Defence has applied regulations concerning fire prevention in accordance with existing international norms and on the basis of Ministerial Decision No. 154 of 1991 on the prevention of fire risks in private and public premises.

In order to handle all types of crises, several legislations have been introduced.

The new federal law concerning the control of radioactive resources and the prevention of risks arising from their use has also been adopted. Regulations concerning the handling of dangerous materials and toxic waste have been drafted.

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