4. Integration of STAC in Scotland's response structures
Figure 1. provides a simplified view of the emergency response structures in Scotland. This shows relationships between SGoRR, SCGs and STAC and the other local functional arrangements.
The STAC operates as an advisory group and is not an operational group. Its focus is to provide practical advice on public health, environmental, scientific and technical issues to those responsible for mounting and coordinating the response to an emergency. It will therefore provide advice to any strategic level coordinating group and assist tactical level decision making whilst adhering to their set strategy. SGoRR when activated, will receive key points from the STAC advice within the SCG Common Recognised Information Picture ( CRIP).
The STAC may link with other structures at Scottish and UK national levels as well as advising local area strategic and tactical coordinating groups. Communication with national and local strategic levels will usually be through the STAC chair, facilitated via the SCG.
A STAC can remain in place to advise the SCGs in the later or recovery phase of an emergency or might be first activated at this point. The composition of the STAC may change as the response progresses and the agenda and requirements of the coordinating group/s change.
For details of Scotland's resilience management and governance
structures, please see
( Ready Scotland: Preparing Scotland Core Guidance).