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National Emergency Management

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National Emergency Management

Each Government Department has to make sure that it has emergency management arrangements ready in case an emergency happens in its area of responsibility.  Where a Department is designated “Lead Government Department” it is responsible for coordinating the response to a situation with other Departments and/or services.

Task Force on Emergency Planning - (Nuclear/Chemical/Biological Threats)

This group was set up by the Government and is chaired by the Department of Defence. Its members are representatives of all Government Departments and agencies involved in the emergency planning process, as well as the Principal Response Agencies and the Defence Forces. Its aim is to ensure that preparations are in place for a coordinated response to all possible threats.

Office of Emergency Planning

This office was established within the Department of Defence to take a lead role in emergency planning and meet the new threat from international terrorism.  It helps co-ordinate the responses of the various Departments and agencies.

National Steering Group on Major Emergency Management

This group's role is to put the Framework for Major Emergency Management into place.  Once the Framework is in place it will update the system according to what lessons are learned.  The group will then report its findings to the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning.

Contact Details

National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Rm. G59
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0

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Data Protection

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to carry out our legislative and administrative functions. The Department will treat all information and personal data that you provide as confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection legislation. Personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments, local authorities, agencies under the aegis of the Department, or other public bodies, in certain circumstances where this is provided for by law. 

The Department's Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statements, which set out how we will use your personal data, as well as providing information regarding your rights as a data subject, are available on the Department’s website.  They are also available in hard copy upon request from the Data Protection Officer, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Newtown Road, Wexford, email