Emergency Preparedness and Response
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 the 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 Lead Government Department (LGD) for health consequences
arising from the following emergencies:
- CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear);
- human infectious diseases (including Pandemic Influenza, Avian Influenza and
- disruption to medical supply chains, and
- 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.