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What if?...

The role of...

The Emergency
Planning Officer

The two most powerful words in any language are "What If?"

- Kraig Kramers, International Corporate Business Consultant
byMICHAEL LONG
The Emergency Planning Officer
The 9/11 tragedies in America in 2001 brought the need for an effective, coherent and
The States of Jersey co-ordinated approach to emergency planning, sharply into focus. And, if there were any
lingering doubts about the sheer scope and scale of response that a major disaster could
demand, subsequent events including the catastrophic Asian Tsunami, and the 7/7 attacks on
London, left the world – and particularly those responsible for emergency planning – reeling.
It has been said that Emergency Planning in Jersey has, in the past, been overlooked as far
as status, funding and resources are concerned, and I couldn’t disagree. A review of
Emergency Planning within the States of Jersey in 2005 recognised that Jersey needed to
raise its game if it was to be ready to respond to the new challenges facing emergency
preparedness and resilience in the 21st Century.
Thankfully, major emergencies are rare,
but it is this rarity that also makes them
attract a great deal of attention. It is at
such times that our dependability in
responding to the emergency, and our
credibility in managing its aftermath, are
most at stake.
Jersey was, not so long ago, lagging
behind other Crown Dependencies and
Island Communities in the building and
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