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What is an Emergency?

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 defines an emergency as:

  • An event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the UK
  • An event or situation that threatens serious damage to the environment of a place in the UK
  • War or Terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the UK.

Additionally, to constitute an emergency, an event or situation must pose a considerable test for an organisation’s ability to perform it’s functions.

The full Civil Contingencies Act 2004 is available on legislation.gov.uk