The APELL Process



The APELL Co-ordinating Group

Establishing a formal Co-ordinating Group is a key part of the implementation of the APELL process. The Co-ordinating Group provides a mechanism for interaction and cooperation between the many players (APELL partners) involved in preventing or responding to emergencies - management, local authorities, community leaders. It provides a means to achieve a coordinated approach to emergency response planning and to communications within the community. It can gather facts and opinions, assess risks, establish priorities, identify resources for emergency response, evaluate approaches, and enhance communication. It can draw in the right people and resources to make sure that following the APELL steps will produce good results.

The Co-ordinating Group does not have a direct operational role during an emergency. It has a key role in building and maintaining motivation, communication, commitment, cooperation and momentum during the project.

More specifically, the Group's roles include:

  • ensuring open lines of communication between all parties

  • identifying key people and organizations to involve

  • setting objectives and a timeline for the process

  • overseeing development of the coordinated emergency action plan (10 Steps)

  • identifying available expertise

  • establishing working groups for specific tasks

  • ensuring clear risk communication occurs to vulnerable communities

  • preparing the various parties involved to know their tasks should an accident occur

  • remaining as a central forum for dialogue and review after the planning process is complete