National Emergencies / Public Health Issues

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Who is responsible for co-ordinating a response to a national emergency?

In Ireland different Government departments and agencies are responsible for specific emergency planning functions. In the event of a major emergency, the most appropriate department or agency is designated as the lead agency to co-ordinate the response to it.

Examples of national emergencies are:

  • a pandemic such as H1N1 “Swine Flu”
  • Severe weather incidents due to snow, flooding etc.
  • Restrictions on movement due to Foot and Mouth outbreak.

What is the role of the Department of Education and Skills in the event of a national emergency?

To disseminate information from the lead agency to the education sector and to provide the lead agency with relevant information on the education sector.

Has the Department issued any information to schools on planning for emergencies?

see Circular PBU04/04 - Contingency Planning in the Context of a National Emergency

Who will decide to close a school in the event of an emergency?

The decision to close a school rests with the school management authority. Any decision to close is taken in the interest of children’s safety, having assessed the local risks and having consulted, as appropriate, with school transport operators.

Information for schools - if your school is damaged due to a severe weather event

Where can I find information on preparing for incidents of severe weather?