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New Guide Published for the General Public in the Event of a Major Emergency

A new guide for the general public on how to be better prepared in the event of a major emergency has been published.

The guide ‘Preparing for the unexpected – householders guide to major emergencies’ has been produced by the Cork and Kerry Joint Emergency Planning groups; collaborative groups comprising the Health Service Executive (HSE) South, An Garda Síochána, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and Kerry County Council that works together to prepare for major emergencies.

The guide, which will be delivered to every household in Cork and Kerry by post in July, outlines some practical and simple arrangements that can be made in the home and local community in order to be better prepared should a major emergency occur.

A major emergency is a phrase used to describe a range of incidents from a major road traffic accident, rail crash or fire to a flood, severe storm or explosion.

Practical advice for householders outlined in the information guide includes knowing how to disconnect power / water supplies in your home, contact the emergency services, perform basic first aid, store important documents safely, make contact with family members outside the home and prepare an emergency kit with items like batteries, torch, radio, first aid kit, medications, etc. The booklet also offers advice on how to react to the different types of major emergencies that might occur, the emotional implications of these events and basic first aid tips that could be performed.

Emergency Plan

Photographed at the launch of the Householders Guide to major emergencies are L to R: Alice O’ Sullivan, Emergency Management Officer, Cork Joint Emergency Planning Group, Peter Curley, Chief Ambulance Officer, HSE South, John Ryan, Chief Fire Officer, Cork City Council, Garda Inspector Billy Duane, An Garda Síochána, City Division, & Michael Hession, Senior Executive Fire Officer, Cork County Council.

Alice O’Sullivan, Emergency Management Officer, “If and when a major emergency occurs, the emergency services have a joint major emergency plan in place outlining how the HSE South, An Garda Síochána and the local authorities work together to respond effectively and efficiently. However, there are a number of simple steps that can be taken by households and communities which can help in the unlikely event of a major emergency taking place; knowing what to do makes it easier to remain calm and deal with the situation as best you can.”

On receipt of the information guide, householders should make themselves aware of the contents and keep it in a safe place for reference.

Householder’s guide to major emergencies


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