Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today attended a briefing on a multi–agency emergency planning exercise dealing with planning and response to a coastal flooding event.
A number of Executive Ministers attended a briefing session in advance of the exercise, which outlined the risks associated with coastal flooding and the actions Government can take to mitigate these risks. The briefing event was also attended by Assembly Committee representatives.
The exercise which was organised by Rivers Agency, involved a number of organisations, including Roads Service, NI Water, PSNI, NI Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard, utility companies and local councils. The exercise focussed on planning and responding to a coastal flooding incident.
Minister O’Neill said: “The likelihood of such an event is low but it is vitally important that people understand the significant impact. In particular, it is critical that those responsible for planning and responding in such circumstances work in a co-ordinated and structured way to minimise the impact.
"I have been very impressed with what I saw today and it certainly brought home to me the absolute requirement for joined up Government from an emergency planning point of view.”