reply to post by Haydn_17
You are right OP, so lets do up the seatbelt.....
First I would like to say that I believe what you originally posted, I also believe that what you were told by your dad was the result of many
briefings cascaded down by the UK Government. (As each brief passes down then people will add/ omit any relavant information or their own views as it
applies to them and their department, even if they posted first hand information and were conducting response planning from it).
I personally believe that your dad may have been informed of any response planning that may require his input based on a particular scenario that may
have been planned for.
Secondly I say this because all UK Government agencies and there departments were recently instructed to come up with a plan to ensure that those
departments and agencies, especially those with key roles or skill sets, could continue to function. Quite sensible really, seen as no-one is immune
(unless they have recovered from it recently - or a new strain surfaces) and people will look to civil agencies for assistance, while people who work
for those agencies may also be sick or recovering.
Thirdly this planning has/ will be done in the context that each department/ agency has personnel capable of conducting their job "one-up, one-down"
(As a supervisor, you would be aware of your workers and managers responsibilities on a day-to-day basis and from job descriptions) so that if
neceessary posts can be covered should workers be off sick, in this case with swine flu. (Although planning with forecasted potential greater numbers
of sick personnel with emphasis on minimal manning figures to continue function)
As a park worker your dad has probably been earmarked to possibly fill a manual role based on his current pay grade, one for which he will receive
training at a time to be decided IF the pandemic (death rate) spirals to an unmanageable level, and the original workers are incapacitated themselves.
The burning of corpses in a furnace I believe would be a last resort, but would make sense, if civil agencies were unable to grave-dig fast enough.
I personally can't see bodies burned and buried in large pits unless it mutated into a particularly virulent strain and there was no other choice to
prevent the virus spreading. I also think this swine flu scenario highly unlikely in my opinion.
If particular Local Govenment(s) and agencies/ departments couldn't cope then Central Government could request the UK Armed forces assist the civil
agencies as required (as happened during the Foot & Mouth disease in 2001 and the Firemans strike in 2002 ). The level of manpower support would be
dictated by personnel deployed abroad on operations (Afghanistan as an example), maintaining defence focus (at home and abroad), and miltary rates of
infection at that time. Assistance would be given. The following document outlines Miltary Assistance to the Civil Authority (MACA) and Miltary Aid to
the Civil Power (MACP) in the UK. This is from an MOD public source in .pdf format and is 317 pages. Take a look.
Of particular interest will be page 92 on Mortuaries from a few of the earliest posts on this thread regading Military camps and their uses.
OP good post!
I wouldn't lose any sleep over it though. Wash your hands, keep your nose clean and as to the vaccine question on here I am
undecided. If it came down to it though I would probably flip a coin.... and then go and spend it!
As for the seatbelt... clunk-click..... now lets see if the damn thing will start