Continued… Part II – MERC Conceptual Framework, Roles and Responsibilities.

After it came to my mind back in August 2009 that Malaysia needs a functional Emergency Response Center a.k.a Malaysia Emergency Response Centre (“MERC”), I started to conduct desktop research particularly on the Internet – the wonder source of information.

I stumbled few (or perhaps many) interesting sites and have gathered quite sumptuous interesting and important information on emergency response centers. Moving forward, I use the gathered information to prepare the so called Conceptual Framework (“Framework”) for the proposed MERC.

The Framework includes an overview of the proposed MERC, the Development Proposition and Requirements Summary for the IT component of the MERC network implementation. It is intended to guide on architectural design; infrastructure development; and system deployment, documentation, and maintenance.

The proposed elements in the Framework can be implemented as needed on a flexible, scalable basis to improve response. As mentioned in last post, effective response to an incident shall be a shared responsibility of governments at all levels, the private sector and NGOs, and individual citizens.

The Framework provides the proposed development of MERC for implementing nationwide response and operational coordination for all types of domestic incidents.

MERC Roles and Responsibilities.

  • When a disaster occurs, MERC shall respond effectively to support national (and international), state, local, and private sector emergency response partners.
  • A critical component of MERC’s work during an event is to coordinate response activities and provide resources to state and local departments.
  • The Emergency Operation Center (“EOC”) shall be established to serve as MERC’s operation and command center for monitoring and coordinating MERC’s emergency response to public threats in Malaysia.

To be continued… Part III – EOC Roles and Responsibilities.