Committee meets to deal with disaster
THE National Emergency Response Committee was most recently brought together to deal with the severe flooding around the country last November. It met again yesterday in Dublin to deal with the present weather crisis.
The committee has no powers as such -- it merely works to ensure that all the various state agencies are co-ordinating their efforts in the most effective way. It ensures, for example, that each state agency knows what the other is doing. It can help the National Roads Authority to make a combined order to buy rocksalt for our icy roads, rather than leave local authorities to source it individually.
It includes representatives from across the State such as the Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, local authorities, the HSE and the Department of Transport.
The committee is chaired by Sean Hogan, who is the Department of the Environment's national director for fire and emergency services.