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Joint statement of intent Issued by the Emergency Planning Society (EPS) and the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM).

Representatives from the EPS and ICPEM recently met in London (December 10) to discuss ways of representing the resilience profession in times of financial constraint and increasing privatisation within the field.

The meeting was extremely positive with both organisations sharing a common passion to represent their members, and the wider profession, at the highest level in the most professional manner.

Authorised by our respective governing bodies, the EPS and ICPEM wish to make the following joint statement of intent:

“Due to the unprecedented challenges now manifest within the resilience community; the continuing austerity savings measures, increased privatisation and changes in the threat environment, the EPS and ICPEM both feel strong and positive action is now required to ensure the profession is decisively represented in the future.

Both organisations feel that a road map, which ultimately unites the two organisations, should now be constructed and recommendations put before both memberships once a joint and forward looking vision has been clearly established. Merger will take place only after a full consultation and agreement of the majority of the respective memberships.

The aim is to lead the profession and increase its influence, recognition and standing within the community, industry, Government and society at large. During 2014, the two organisations will seek to explore the benefits of merger for members and the profession by increasing their co-operation; initially by organising a joint event, managing a joint project and exploring the ramifications of creating a merged structure. In this way we will develop a series of clear objectives, goals and recommendations.

We believe that the combined establishment would be stronger and more influential than simply the sum of the constituent parts and we look forward to working together in the future.”

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