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Belfast emergency preparedness group

Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group brings together representatives from more than 65 different organisations to agree in advance how they will work together to help the public in an emergency. 

Our role is to prepare emergency plans for major disasters, manmade or natural, such as: 

  • severe weather
  • fire
  • industrial accidents
  • major transport accidents
  • widespread human and animal health problems.

Through Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group the organisations also: 

  • share information about upcoming events in the city
  • train and practice how they would respond in an emergency
  • evaluate past emergency responses to try to improve how we work together, and
  • work together to encourage people to be more prepared for emergencies.

Members of Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group

These organisations are members of the Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group:

Emergency services

  • Harbour Police (Port of Belfast)
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
  • Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland

Health services

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  • Health and Social Care Board
  • Public Health Agency


  • Belfast City Centre Management
  • Belfast Harbour Commissioners
  • Coach operators
  • Freight transport operators
  • Translink
  • Stenaline
  • George Best Belfast City Airport.

Local and regional government departments and agencies

  • Belfast City Council
  • Belfast Education and Library Board
  • Civil Contingencies Policy Branch 
  • Coroners Service for Northern Ireland
  • Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  • Department for the Economy
  • Department of Justice
  • Department for Communities
  • Department for Infrastructure
  • Executive Information Service 
  • Forensic Science Service  
  • Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
  • Identity and Passport Service
  • Land and Property Services
  • Northern Ireland Assembly 
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Rivers Agency
  • State Pathologist's Office.
  • Transport NI
  • Utilities
  • BP
  • BT
  • Northern Ireland Electricity 
  • Northern Ireland Water
  • Phoenix Gas
  • Premier Transmission Ltd

Voluntary and faith organisations

  • Belfast Area Partnerships
  • British Red Cross
  • Bryson Charitable Group
  • Chinese Welfare Association
  • Lagan Search and Rescue
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Marie Curie Hospice 
  • Methodist Church in Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Hospice
  • NI 4X4 Response Club
  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network (RAYNET)
  • Salvation Army
  • Samaritans
  • Save the Children
  • Simon Community 
  • St John Ambulance 
  • Victim Support Northern Ireland.

Other organisations

  • Community Relations Council
  • Greenwich Leisure Limited
  • Met Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Odyssey Trust
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Titanic Quarter Limited
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