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What we have in abundance, is
a small army of dedicated and
committed emergency responders
natural crisis, such as widespread flooding, a transportation
and supporters with the will to
disaster, e.g. an aircraft accident or collision at sea, or by a
medical emergency, such as that posed by the current
make the best of what we have.

Pandemic Flu.
In a major emergency, the term ‘response’ means the actions
development of resilience. Fortunately, today the picture that need to be taken to deal with the immediate effects of
is very different. the situation. In most cases, the initial response phase is
relatively short, lasting for a matter of hours or days, and
Public safety and civil protection are high priority for the rapid implementation of arrangements for collaboration,
States of Jersey Chief Ministers Department. We are now co-ordination and communication is vital.
forging ahead with the endorsement of the Island’s
Resilience Structure by the Emergency Planning Board Less serious emergencies may be effectively managed at a
and Emergencies Council and, more recently, the departmental level, led by the emergency services and
establishment of a Joint Emergency Services Group. supported, as necessary, by the appropriate States of Jersey
Departments. In a more severe crisis, a coordinated
Our Emergency Services, States Departments and other States-wide response, led by the Emergencies Council, will be
responding organisations and agencies in Jersey are as essential.
good as you find them anywhere, and Emergency
Planning is a firmly established item on the business
agenda, not just within public departments but also,
importantly, within the private sector.
What we in Jersey have in abundance, is a small army of
dedicated and committed emergency responders and
supporters with the will to make the best of what we
have. And the best ideas for improving our resilience
come from those who do it every day!
A further positive factor is the unswerving support and
commitment of the Chief Ministers Department, to
improve and develop the resilience of the Island within the
resource and financial restraints that we all face.
So, what is a ‘major emergency’ and how does the States Response activity is not, however, confined to the efforts to
of Jersey respond? deal with the direct effects of the emergency itself (e.g.
saving life, fighting fires, caring for the injured), but also the
The Jersey ‘Emergency Planning and Powers Law 1990’ indirect effects, including the potential disruption to Island life
describes it as ‘a situation, or series of events that and managing the inevitable media interest.
threatens, or
causes serious There are detailed ‘every-day’ emergency plans already in
damage to existence across the States. However, the changing nature of
human welfare, the ‘risk’ landscape, with new threats such as terrorism,
the environment pandemics, and critical infrastructure failure, means it is
or security. It is essential to ensure that the strategic guidance is at the
a considerable forefront of all of our planning and response.
test for a
community, and The preparation phases - Anticipation, Assessment,
challenges an Prevention and Preparation – are crucial to our ability to
organisation’s meet the ultimate challenge of Response to the incident and,
ability to importantly, delivering a comprehensive and sustained
perform its Recovery when it is concluded.
Anticipation is a responsibility that rests primarily with the
It can be Island’s Government, specifically, the Emergencies Council
created by a and the Emergency Planning Board, whose roles are to
I would worry about today. There may not be a tomorrow!
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Vaut mus s'badrer pouor aniet. D'main ofûche né veindra pon!
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