'The Emergency Planning Society are urging the public to be extra vigilant following the attacks in Paris last week.
The EPS - the professional association for those working in the resilience and emergency response sector – expressed sympathy for the victims and support for their counterparts in France.
Helen Hinds, chair of the EPS, said: “Our thoughts go out to the victims and relatives of the terrorist attacks in Paris. We would also express our solidarity with all our colleagues working for the Directorate of Civil Defence and Security and all emergency responders in France.
"Our members will continue to play their role in keeping the UK safe but the public must not be intimidated by such attacks but be defiant and vigilant."
Following last week's events, the UK threat level remains at SEVERE. That means that a terrorist attack is 'highly likely' and the public should remain vigilant. The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, also warned last week of the threat of “mass casualty attacks” by Al-Qaeda against Britain and the West.
The UK's counter-terrorism strategy, called 'Contest', is made up of four corner-stones:
Pursue – to stop terrorist attacks
Prevent – to stop people becoming terrorists
Protect – making people and places safe
Prepare – to mitigate the impact
Helen Hinds said: "It is within the multi-agency work to deliver all the Contest agenda where EPS members are mainly involved. With the majority of our members working in local government or the NHS as Emergency Planning Officers, they are playing key roles, whether assisting with the Channel project to stop young people becoming radicalised, through to the day to day work in our communities – in which the public have a key role to play as well – in planning and preparing for every eventuality."
The 'day to day' work EPS members are involved with as Emergency Planning Officers in making the UK's communities safe, include helping the emergency services with providing:
Support for victims, family and friends
Temporary shelter and Emergency Rest Centres
Information to the media and public
Debris clearance and equipment to assist the emergency services