Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. They can be caused by severe weather, infectious diseases and industrial accidents or by intentional acts. The very nature of an emergency is unpredictable and can change in scope and impact When a disaster hits everything changes. Knowing what to expect and what to do, will make a difference.
This is particularly relevant for organisations that have specific responsibilities during and after a Civil Defence emergency such as the emergency services, local councils, lifelines (such as utility companies) and central government.
When an emergency happens it can threaten public safety, the environment, the economy, critical infrastructure and the health of the public.
Emergency preparedness is progressive, continuously moving the public and government agencies toward greater resilience. This ongoing process involves careful planning, designing of response actions, testing and evaluating the processes and updating plans using the principals of
The "4Rs" are defined as:
Identifying and analysing long-term risks to human life and property from natural or man-made hazards; taking steps to eliminate these risks where practicable and where not, reducing the likelihood and the magnitude of their impact.
Developing operational systems and capabilities before an emergency happens. These include self-help and response programmes for the general public, as well as specific programmes for emergency services, utilities and other agencies
Actions taken immediately before, during or directly after an emergency, to save lives and property, prevent the spread of disease as well as help communities to recover.
Activities beginning after initial impact has been stabilised in the Response phase, and extending until the communitys capacity for self-help has been restored.
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