Emergency plan developed in case of fuel farm incident

AN EMERGENCY plan for fuel storage sites has been developed and leaflets about what to do in a disaster have been going out to residents.

States emergency planning officer Catherine Veron said that the island's fuel storage facilities were as safe as ever, but, following an incident in Jersey, it was important more information was available to people living near them. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1280468)
States emergency planning officer Catherine Veron said that the island's fuel storage facilities were as safe as ever, but, following an incident in Jersey, it was important more information was available to people living near them. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1280468)

AN EMERGENCY plan for fuel storage sites has been developed and leaflets about what to do in a disaster have been going out to residents.

The new measures follow an incident in Jersey last year which led to hundreds of people having to be evacuated from their homes after a fire in a gas holder in St Helier.

States emergency planning officer Catherine Veron said it was unlikely that a similar problem here would affect people living away from the site, but added that was no reason for complacency.

'In the unlikely event of an incident occurring at one of the fuel storage sites, the plan would provide a guide for the emergency services and key supporting agencies for ensuring a coordinated multi-agency response,' she said.

Comments for: "Emergency plan developed in case of fuel farm incident"

John

Yer, No disrespect to Catherine. But am I to believe Guernsey needs a dedicated EMERGENCY PLANNING OFFICER as well. We only have 65,000 people trying to plug the black hole (most of them not earning). It's time someone took the axe to the Civil Service if we are going to make savings rather than Tax our way out of all this.

Sense

John, one question...

If a major incident did hit the island and there wasn't any planning in place would you and others not be shouting why did the states not have a plan / procedure in place to deal with this and saying that they are incapable of doing their jobs!?

Yes, it is very unlikely that there will be many major incidents but I would rather have a plan in place then be left exposed.

Rolf

The Civil Defence Bulletins in 1964(they're on YouTube)told people how to survive a nuclear attack.

THe undeniable truth is that if you're unlucky enough to be in the wrong place when it happens....

Beanjar

Yes, I agree with John. Nothing personal but this is just one more highly paid person trying to look like they have some work to do. As far as I am aware the only other memorable project Ms Veron completed was several years ago when she wasted a good deal of our money printing and distributing little cards to tell us what to do when aliens invade etc. Has anybody still got one, let alone ever used one? Has she got shares in a printing company or what? More public money down the loo, the States don't give a damn.

Realist

John and Beanjar lay off and get real.,this person has done her job as she has been told to do and I'm sure that it is a very good job done. If that fuel farm went up and this plan wasn't in place i'm sure you guys would be the first to moan then eh? that's if you had taken your head out from your A***!

Beanjar

So have you got your little disaster card at the ready?

Gsy girl in Ldn

John and Beanjar - you have short memories, what about the assistance Ms Veron and the Civil protection volunteers gave to the police a few weeks ago when the Rohais flooded and the wall at Perelle fell down.

Beanjar

So what do you think they used to do when a wall fell down? Do you seriously think they stood around dumbfounded until they recruited a States emergency planning officer? This is just an overpaid non-job created by a gutless, witless States who don't know what to throw away our money on next.

markB

I can't see how its a full time job.

firestorm

If a little bit more common sense was used and faith in peoples ability’s then many of these things or positions would not be needed. As for things like a nuclear war well the best place to be would probably be at ground zero.

DNKY

I wonder how long Catherine Veron has been the emergency planning officer and if it is not a new position then why has it taken so long to put emergency plan together?

How would the EMERGENCY services have coped without this 'guide' to help coordinate there efforts? I am sure coordination would not be covered under there emergency service training,

A large percent of the islands stored fuel all in one place and an uncoordinated emergency service is just a recipe for disaster..

i wonder if she has thought about directions for the lifeboat to key strategic places like, Herm or Sark or maybe getting them to coordinate there efforts with the air search. I am sure with Catherine at the helm of emergency planning officer we will all be a lot safer.

Conundrum

Now now, don't criticise Civil Protection, they do a good job under challenging conditions.

Just because some people work an "easy" desk job they think that they are the bees knees.

Case in point, the Buncefield refinery fire was caused by static discharge igniting a gas plume.

OccupyArea51

I still like the idea posted on one of the model forums about an airborne radiation/toxic gases/etc monitor based around a quadrocopter with a remote launch and control system.

If ($Deity forbid) an alarm goes off then the authorities can check the extent of the contamination without going outdoors.