Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms

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In the United Kingdom, the national emergency management and international operations responsibility is in the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR or COBRA) for the most serious situations, and a Lead Government Department for lesser problems.[1] The basic operating paradigm for civilian emergencies is the Incident Command System, with various scaling levels up to nationwide impact. [2]


  1. Central Government Arrangements, UK Cabinet Office, 22 May 2010
  2. Kevin Arbuthnot (2005), Multi-Agency Incident Command in the UK, International Workshop on Emergency Response and Rescue