Major Emergency Management


Householder’s Guide to Major Emergencies

The Midland Major Emergency Planning Group has produced a guide to assist householders and the emergency services to deal quickly and efficiently with an emergency.

It is available for download from the link below:

Major Emergency Plan

A Major Emergency is any event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens death or injury, serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure beyond the normal capabilities of the Principal Emergency Services in the area in which the event occurs, and requires the activation of specific additional procedures and the mobilisation of additional resources to ensure an effective, co-ordinated response.

It has historically been the aim of Laois County Council to ensure that it carries out proactive, continual development of an’ integrated, flexible’ emergency management capability enabling us to deal effectively with a major emergency, whether foreseen or unforeseen.

Laois County Council aims to maintain this position with the development of this Major Emergency Plan. We anticipate that this Plan will enable Laois County Council to fulfil our commitments Locally, Regionally and Nationally in the area of Major Emergency Planning. This plan will integrate with those of our Colleagues in the other Principal Response Agencies, namely; An Garda Siochana and The Health Services Executive.

This Plan has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Government decision and is consistent with ‘A Framework for Emergency Management ‘(2006). It is issued for the guidance of personnel within Laois County Council that may be involved in a major emergency situation, with the aim of providing a basis for standard procedures and coordinated effort in the protection of life and property, to minimise disruption to the functional area and to provide immediate and long-term support and welfare to the pub,lic in times of Emergency.

The Plan therefore provides for the collective preparedness by the Principal Response Agencies so as to ensure a prompt and effective co-ordinated response to a Major Emergency.