Emergency preparedness plans are set into action when a disaster strikes. Local authorities decide whether the crisis management team should be assembled. This crisis management team then alerts the crisis response team. In areas where the crisis response team doesn’t operate an on-call register, team members are still assembled as quickly as possible. The plan for psychosocial preparedness should also describe how other psychosocial support services could be activated in a disaster situation.
The crisis response team’s plan for psychosocial preparedness describes how the team should deal with crises, accidents and disasters. Municipalities, hospitals, police, schools, day care centres, businesses etc have their own preparedness plans. Major incidents present great challenges that require extensive co-operation. It is therefore an advantage for preparedness plans to be coordinated at a regional level.
Police alert the local authorities
Local authorities assemble crisis management team
Crisis response team is activated, tasks are delegated by the crisis management team
DRC is established
The crisis response team is part of the DRC-structure, serving specific functions as described in the preparedness plan. Crisis response teams organise internally depending on the tasks at hand, co-operating closely with DRC-leaders.
DRC is not established
The crisis response team assists the crisis management team and emergency services in other ways. Core responsibility is caring for disaster victims and their next of kin, and providing support for personnel after the mission.