Saturday 10 December 2016

Homeless crisis is a major emergency - let's treat it as such

Published 21/08/2015 | 04:17

Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government at the publication of a national strategy to reduce lead in drinking water. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 9/6/2015
Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government at the publication of a national strategy to reduce lead in drinking water. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 9/6/2015

In recent years, the Government sent a booklet to every household in the country entitled 'Preparing for Major Emergencies'.

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The Government defines a major emergency as follows: "A major emergency is an event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens injury or death, or serious disruption of essential services … beyond the normal capabilities of the principal emergency services in the area in which the event occurs.

"It requires the use of additional procedures and the use of additional resources to ensure an efficient and effective response".

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