Public Health Wales is required to ensure that plans and procedures are in place for the management and support of the public health aspects of a major incident. This includes those relating to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards.
The Public Health Wales Emergency Management (Major Incident) Plan describes the processes required to deal with any aspect of a major incident.
The Welsh Assembly Government, emergency services, local authorities, health authorities and other emergency planning organisations work together in partnership to strengthen the resilience of services in Wales. The Wales Resilience web site provides a central source of information to the public on the work being undertaken to strengthen resilience in Wales at the local, regional and all-Wales levels.
Local Responder under the Civil Contingencies Act
Public Health Wales is a Category 1 Responder under the Civil Contingencies Act. As such we are required to work with other services within the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) structure.
Local Resilience Forums are based on local police areas. They bring together all the organisations that have a duty to co-operate under the Civil Contingencies Act, along with others who would be involved in the response to an emergency.
Further information about the Civil Contingencies Act and emergency planning for the UK is available from the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/government/emergencies-preparation-response-and-recovery
The provision of humanitarian assistance is a multi-agency activity and it is important that this work is co-ordinated across a range of agencies, including: the National Health Service; police services; local authorities; commercial organisations (e.g. transport companies); and voluntary organisations. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is the designated Lead Government Department (LGD) when central government is engaged.
It is important that responders are aware of and make arrangements for the key groups of people affected by emergencies - including the injured, families and friends, the deceased and rescuers and response workers - and that structures and processes are put in place to provide care and assistance to meet their needs.
Effective care and treatment also requires responders to meet the specific needs of children and young people; faith, religious, cultural and minority ethnic communities; elderly people; and people with disabilities.
Information is available on the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/humanitarian-assistance-in-emergencies