Emergencies are happening somewhere almost every minute of every day. Most are dealt with by the police, fire and ambulance services as part of their day to day work. Sometimes and incident is more serious and needs to involve other agencies – such as local councils, the Environment Agency, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and NHS England, amongst others. All of these agencies work together continuously to plan how we would react and manage a major emergency.
Definition of an Emergency (Civil Contingencies Act, 2004)
“An Emergency is an event or situation, which threatens serious damage to human welfare, or the environment, in a place in the Humber area and that involves one of the following:
- loss of human life
- human illness or injury
- 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
- disruption of services relating to public health
- contamination of land, water or air with biological, chemical or radio-active matter
- disruption or destruction of plant life or animal life
and that seriously obstructs a responder from carrying out its functions or requires a response that cannot be achieved within existing structures”.
Further Emergency Planning Information is available.
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