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Major Emergency Plan

The Major Emergency Plan is designed primarily to provide for the protection, support and welfare of the public in times of emergency. The Plan therefore provides for the collective preparedness by the three Principal Response Agencies (An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and the Local Authorities) so as to ensure a prompt and effective coordinated response by them to a major emergency.

What is a Major Emergency?

A Major Emergency is any event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens death or injury, serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure beyond the normal capabilities of the Principal Emergency Services in the area in which the event occurs, and requires the activation of specific additional procedures and the mobilisation of additional resources to ensure an effective, coordinated response.

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