A Major Emergency is any event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens injury or death, serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure beyond the normal capabilities of the principal emergency services. It requires the mobilisation of additional resources to ensure an effective and co-ordinated response.
Major Emergency Management is a key challenge and a priority issue for Cork City Council. The world in which we live is constantly changing and we need to develop our Major Emergency Management architecture to enable us to deal effectively with the possibility of new risks and threats.
As part of Cork City Councils ever evolving programme to deal with Major Emergencies and in accordance with the requirements of ‘A Framework for Major Emergency Management’ (2006), the “Cork City Council Major Emergency Plan” has been prepared to facilitate the response to, and recovery from major emergencies as well as ensuring the Council’s arrangements are coordinated with those of the other designated Principal Response Agencies, the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána. This plan is updated on a regular basis as required.
Cork City Council is committed to providing an appropriate and timely response to whatever emergency it may be necessary to cope with. We value, highly, the assistance and expertise of the emergency services, our own officers, the HSE and An Garda Síochána in implementing our Major Emergency Plan. The plan can be accessed here.