For the purpose of this website an emergency is defined under
the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) as:
An event or situation that threatens serious damage to:
A. A hazard is a phenomenon either natural or human-made that has the potential to cause harm to society or pose a threat to the normality of daily life.
A. Risk is a function of the likelihood and impact of a given hazard or threat. This reflects, on the one hand the possibility of an emergency occurring which could adversely affect the community (e.g. flooding or nuclear accident). And on the other hand, the extent to which the event impacts upon the community or an organisation (e.g. lack of staff, disruption to power supply, damage to facilities).
A. The Government sent a booklet ‘Preparing for Emergencies – What you need to know’ to every home in the UK. The booklet contains practical advice on the steps you can take to help yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.