The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is Scotland’s environmental regulator and flood warning authority. Its main role is to protect and improve Scotlands environment, one of the ways SEPA does this is through the NetRegs environmental guidance service. It protects communities by regulating activities that can cause pollution and by monitoring the quality of Scotlands air, land. The regulations it implements also cover the storage, transport and disposal of radioactive materials, SEPA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. SEPA was established in 1996 by the Environment Act 1995 and is responsible for the protection of the environment in Scotland. SEPA is a member of SEARS, sEPA’s mission statement is to be an environmental regulator and an effective and influential authority on the environment. SEPA provides a system of protection for Scotland that aims to improve the environment. So that it can achieve its mission and aims, SEPA has created a Corporate Plan which lists its priorities. SEPA employs around 1,300 staff who are involved in protecting Scotlands environment, the agency operates through three directorates, The previously named Environmental Protection and Improvement Directorate is now known as Operations after an internal reorganisation in April 2010. The Environmental and Organisational Strategy Directorate and Environmental Science Directorate were merged in a reorganisation took place in April 2010. Communications is also part of this directorate, because of its role within the organisation. The Agency Board legally constitutes SEPA and board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers, sEPA’s Chairman and a Deputy Chairman are appointed by Scottish Ministers and the Agency Board appoints a Chief Executive. SEPA used to have Regional Boards that undertook local engagement with customers, partners and stakeholders, however, Regional Boards had been phased out by January 2010 and SEPA has since adopted a new approach to engage with its stakeholders at a local level. SEPA operates Scotlands flood warning service and this is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, information service which includes direct warnings by phone and online flood warnings and flooding updates through its dedicated telephone number 08459881188. As the name suggests, the Floodline service is designed to give the early warning of likely flooding in specific areas. The service also gives advice on what to do before, during, the Environment Agency operates the Floodline service for England and Wales. In March 2011 SEPA enhanced its provision with a direct extension to its Floodline service. This sends flood warning information for a geographical area direct to customers who have registered a mobile or landline telephone number
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SEPA operates the 24/7 Floodline flood warning service in Scotland.