Tony Thompson

Emergency Planning Society

Tony Thompson has been Chair of the Emergency Planning Society since 2015.

Tony began his career in the RAF before joining the British Transport Police where he served for 32 years, rising to the rank of Superintendent. His time at the BTP covered the series of train disasters from Clapham Junction through to Potters Bar.

On leaving BTP he was the government’s Regional Resilience Director for the South West Region for two years, and went on to become the Head of UK Emergency Response and Resilience for the Red Cross. In recent years he has been working as a consultant, mainly in the United Arab Emirates.

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Warning and informing the public

A contaminated scene may cause the public to become particularly worried about the impact of the incident on their health and well-being. Arrangements to let the public and local communities know about the real dangers during and after a contamination incident need careful, consistent and timely handling. The presentation will examine existing statutory arrangements for keeping people informed, and assess exactly what this means in practice, whether the measures are likely to be effective, and if they go far enough to meet public expectations.