Prepare is the workstream of the counter-terrorism strategy that aims to mitigate the impact of a terrorist incident where it cannot be stopped.

Preparing for an emergency

Prepare is based upon a generic approach to emergency preparedness that focuses on consequence management common to a wide range of emergencies, including terrorism.

Regional responders will continue to play an important role in delivering emergency preparedness.

We are supporting the emergency services to enhance their ability to work together effectively at the scene of a major incident.

We are also enhancing the firearms capabilities of police armed units and the emergency services more broadly to take account of a Mumbai style terrorist attack.

Objectives of Prepare

In 2013-2015 we want to:

  • continue to build generic capabilities to respond to and recover from a wide range of terrorist and other civil emergencies
  • improve preparedness for the highest impact risks in the National Risk Assessment
  • improve the ability of the emergency services to work together during a terrorist attack
  • enhance communications and information sharing for terrorist attacks

The Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme

Although our emergency services are already among the best in the world, there is more we can do to make sure that the handling of any incident is as joined-up as possible. At the Government’s request, in autumn 2012 the police, fire and ambulance services launched the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme. This two-year programme, funded by Government, will focus on improving the immediate emergency response to any major or complex incident. The projects include work to ensure that the three services have a detailed understanding of each others’ roles and responsibilities at the scene, that they have clear guidance on how to work together where appropriate, that they share information quickly and effectively, and that they can make rapid decisions supported by a joint assessment of risk. All of this will be supported by a greater emphasis on joint training and exercising at all levels of command.

Further information can be found at the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme website:

Further information

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