This article by Lucy Easthope, an author, professor, and leading authority on disaster recovery, discusses the practical measures government officials can take to prepare for future crises and emergencies. She emphasises the need for new governments to be ready for emergencies from day one and highlights the unpredictable nature of crises. The article emphasises the role of emergency planners, the interconnectedness of emergency response and climate change, and the potential domino effects of crises. Easthope also suggests that ministers and their advisers familiarise themselves with emergency planning terminology, the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, and continuous professional development in this field. She underscores the significance of community resilience, the impact of poverty, inadequate housing, and poor health on a country’s response capabilities, and the importance of authentic communication during crises.



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