Ireland’s Application of the Systems Approach to Emergency Management

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Pat O’Riordan


Ireland, irish, emergency, disaster, management


In 2004 the Irish Government instigated a comprehensive review of arrangements for responding to major emergencies and in particular the 1984 Emergency Planning Framework. The result was a new Framework for Major Emergency Management, based on the Systems Approach, which was launched in September 2006. While the new Framework was founded on the same principles of inter-agency co-ordination as the 1984 document, it expanded greatly the guidance provided for practitioners and also added some new features, including the Lead Agency concept and a standard Information Management System. Following a two year development programme, the new arrangements became operational in September 2008 and since then they have been successfully deployed on a number of occasions, most notably during the severe weather of 2009 and 2010.


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