Introduction Response to disasters is a fact that needs to be considered and addressed timely since the extent of the disasters can be devastating and sometimes unmanageable. This paper will evaluate a hypothetical scenario in the Birch Green area of Skelmersdale in which house raid led to the discovery led to the discovery of various elements used in the manufacture of devices for attack. The things include element used in both chemical and biological attacks. Additionally, there is proof of more complicated activities including use of hand-gliders and spraying devices. There is also evidence that attackers have been spraying people with harmful chemicals in Blackpool and first responders have detected serious fires. The paper will therefore address the case above or similar occurrences in real life.
In this respect, a number of issues will be discussed. First is the command structure that would be used to deal with occurrences of magnitude such as the one addressed, second is the responsibility of Category 1 Responders as a response to the potential disaster. Third, the paper will discuss various issues related to treatment and identification of victims in such disaster areas.
The other issues highlighted in the paper include matters of warning and giving information to the public as well as investigation of issues that surround incident communications. Along this line, a strategy will be formulated to deal with the media representatives covering the scene of the disaster. At the end, a press statement is included to guide the attending media personnel. Command structure to deal with the incident The command response structure is formulated basing on the stipulations of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 in which emergency response and recovery issues are addressed (HM Government, Emergency response 2005).
The details of the command structure are tailored based on the varying nature of disasters. However, the salient features include the nature and demands of the emergency, the local circumstances as well as priorities as well as experience, and the nature of involvement in the response, i.e. if it is regional or national. The command structure is founded on six basic principles, which include anticipation of the disaster, continuity, preparedness to deal with the anticipated occurrences, integration of various response strategies, cooperation among the various players involved in the response, and communication (HM Government, Emergency response 2005).
In the British system, there are three fundamental command structures to deal with disasters as highlighted below. Gold commandGold command is the strategic level of response. It is appropriate where an occurrence or situation is considered to have a particularly pronounced impact or bears significant resource implications in addition to involving a large number of people or organizations and lasting for a prolonged duration (HM Government, Emergency preparedness 2005). This means that the Gold command structure involves implementation of multi-agency groups, referred to as gold commanders, from various organizations.
In the theoretical case that forms the basis of this paper as described, there are multiple cases of evidence of planned attacks, involving potential biological and chemical hazards as well as other forms of sophisticated technology. These need to be addressed by experts in various fields.