Emergency Preparedness and Response

About Us

Emergency Planning Branch (EPB) has lead responsibility for the development of policy, guidance and advice on planning for pandemic influenza and the provision of health countermeasures for which DHSSPS is a Lead Government Department (LGD).
In doing so we help to support the Chief Medical Officer with his responsibilty for Public Health Policy, and the Health Minister.

Areas of Responsibility

  • DHSSPS is the LGD for health consequences arising from the following emergencies:
    • CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear)
    • human infectious diseases (including Pandemic Influenza, Avian Influenza and Smallpox)
    • disruption to medical supply chains
    • mass casualties
  • the stockpiling of medical and other countermeasures
  • management, activation and exercising of the Regional Health Command Centre (RHCC). This is the Department's emergency response facility located within Castle Buildings facilitating the effective and timely receipt, recording and transmission of information, to support strategic health decision-making by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and/or the Health Minister throughout an emergency
  • all regional guidance is closely aligned with:
    • nationally developed policy through the Department of Health
    • emergency planning guidance developed by OFMDFM


Dr Naresh Chada
Room C3.16
Castle Buildings

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