Emergencies & Adverse Weather Events


An emergency could impact on our community in a number of ways, including:

Death or injury of people, Loss or damage to homes, businesses and community buildings, Disruption to road networks, Disruption to electricity, telephone, water or gas networks, Supply of goods and services, Isolation or evacuation of residents, Media focus.

In extreme conditions such as heavy snow and flooding, prolonged power failure, severe fires, there is a possibility that the emergency services may not be able to reach the scene immediately. In such circumstances, the initial response may rely entirely on local people.

For the purposes of Community Emergency planning, an emergency can be defined as an event or situation, which threatens serious damage to:

Human Welfare - but only if it involves, causes or may cause loss of human life, human illness or injury, homelessness, damage to property, disruption of a supply of money, food, water, energy or fuel, disruption of a
system of communication, disruption of facilities for transport or disruption of services relating to health.

The Environment - but only if it involves causes or may cause contamination of land, water or air with harmful biological, chemical or radioactive matter, or disruption or destruction of plant life or animal life.

Security of the UK - if it involves war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom.



A major incident is any incident that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or more of the emergency services, some elements of the National Health Service, or a local authority for:

The initial treatment, rescue and transport of a large number of casualties;

The involvement either directly or indirectly of large numbers of people;

The handling of a large number of enquiries likely to be generated from both the public and news media usually to the police;

The large scale combined resources of two or more of the emergency services;

The mobilisation and organisation of the emergency services and supporting organisations, for example, local authority, to cater for threat of death, serious injury or homelessness to a large number of people.

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