Major Emergency Management Plan Publication

Local authorities, together with other Principal Response Agencies, publish plans outlining their coordinated response to major emergencies such as floods, storms and hazardous substance incidents. 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.

The purpose of Carlow County Councils Major Emergency Plan is to put in place arrangements that will enable Carlow Local Authority to effectively manage a Major Emergency in cooperation with other Principal Response Agencies, An Garda Síochána and the Health Service Executive.

The document sets out mechanisms for co-ordination of the Principal Response Agencies at all levels of Major Emergency Management - on site, at local level and at regional level. In addition, it defines a common language and terminology to facilitate inter-agency working. It also provides for linking to national level emergency management.

Major Emergency Management continues to be a key challenge and a priority issue for Carlow Local Authority. A full review of Carlow County Council’s Major Emergency Plan was completed and promulgated in May 2020.