The Office of Emergency Planning (OEP) supports the Minister for Defence in his role as Chairman of the Government Task Force (GTF) on Emergency Planning.
The OEP works with government departments and other key public authorities in order to ensure the best possible use of resources and compatibility across different emergency planning requirements.
The OEP is a joint Civil/Military Office and, through the GTF, oversees and co-ordinates emergency planning at a national level.
The OEP website can be reached at www.emergencyplanning.ie.
In the event that an emergency does occur, the National Emergency Coordination Centre is activated under the Chair of the relevant lead government department responsible, which then manages the response in line with national guidelines and the associated planning arrangements within that lead department. That department co-ordinates the national response through the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) when it is convened.