Plans for crucial disaster support were never triggered as the Grenfell Tower disaster unfolded, it has been claimed.A panel of expert emergency planners said there were alarming gaps in Britain’s preparations for a similar major incident and that lessons had not been learnt.Tony Thompson, a disaster response expert with the Emergency Planning Society, said a vital crisis plan was never triggered and that survivors were let down.“We are looking at shelter, we are looking at housing, we are looking at food, somewhere to stay away from the emergency,” he said.A submission sent to the public inquiry by senior emergency experts said the Risk Register, a legally required assessment of potential public dangers failed to mention tower block fires at all, according to ITV News.It also warned that a humanitarian assistance plan which specifies practical and emotional help for casualties was never put into action and that Kensington and Chelsea Council repeated poor responses highlighted in a role play exercise just 15 months earlier.It had received detailed recommendations on emergency response but the report suggests lessons were not learnt. Protesters march towards the Grenfell Tower, during a demonstration following the fire that engulfed the 24-storey buildingCredit:AP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The London Risk register was published in February this year by the London Resilience partnership and is intended to help multiple agencies prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents. It claims to provide a summary of the main risks affecting Greater London. The UK National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, last updated in March 2015, provides a similar outline of risk for the UK as a whole. Neither mentions tower block fires.A Humanitarian Assistance Plan was also published by London Resilience in June 2013. Its aim is to “ensure that humanitarian care is delivered in an effective manner that meets the needs of those affected by major emergencies.”Sir Thomas Harris, former British consul to New York, said: “Do we seriously expect a major disaster in London to be left to one of the London boroughs instead of having a coordinated proper, city wide plan?”The deadline for submissions to the public inquiry passed at 5pm on Friday. It is understood to have received more than 300 submissions from residents to experts.The Justice4Grenfell group has urged inquiry chair Sir Martin Moore-Bick to make his investigation wide-ranging, including an examination of local and national social housing policy and whether it “increased risks to residents”.It urged the inquiry to investigate not just Kensington and Chelsea Council but also Government departments including the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Downing Street.The vast criminal investigation into the blaze, believed to have killed more than 80 people, continues, with 60 organisations identified as having a hand in the tower’s refurbishment, which is suspected to have aided the spread of the fire.
TWO MEN ARE being questioned after gardaí raided a cannabis growhouse in Tralee.Around 1,000 plants were discovered in the operation. Gardaí estimate the drugs have a street value in the region of €1 million.The discovery was made following a planned search at an industrial unit in the Clash area this morning.Two men, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, were arrested at the scene. They’re being questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act at Tralee Garda station.The area has been sealed off pending forensic tests.Read: Two in court over giant €2 million cocaine and heroin seizure