Help yourself

Help yourself

What is an emergency?

An emergency is any event or situation which threatens serious damage to people, property and / or the environment.

There may be times when an emergency affects you, but your life isn’t in immediate danger. In these times, you need to know how to help yourself and those around you. Find out how you and your family can prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Look at ‘before an emergency’ for more information.

The role of the forum is to assess the risks which the community of Northumbria might face and to plan how each agency will respond to deal with them. The sorts of emergencies that could affect people in Northumbria are severe weather, flooding, industrial accidents or pandemic influenza outbreak. For further detail refer to the community risk register (CRR).

Specific plans are developed, tested and exercised to ensure that partners are aware of and can fulfil their roles in the event of a multi-agency response being required to some of the risks identified in the CRR (click here to go to library section).

Other generic plans are developed to provide a framework for multi-agency responses for less frequent or unexpected events and situations.   Return to home page.