What is an Emergency?

What is an Emergency?

Part of the role of Resilience and Emergency Management is to provide Cornwall Council support to the emergency services during the response and recovery from an emergency. We are on call 24 hours a day to co-ordinate the Council's response.

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An emergency is defined as in accordance with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004:

  • an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare;
  • an event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment; or
  • war or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to security.

To view the act, follow the link: Civil Contingencies Act 2004

Emergencies to which we provide assistance can include:

  • Natural disasters such as floods and snow
  • Coastal pollution from ship wrecks and oil spills
  • Evacuations for any reason; e.g. Fires or hazardous materials and gases, radioactive substances

In the event of an evacuation, the Resilence and Emergency Management team coordinates what services and resources are required to provide shelter, comfort and assistance to those people (and their pets) displaced from their homes. This could involve representatives from Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing, Children, Schools and Families, doctors and nurses from NHS England, the WRVS, Shelterbox, Housing Services and other voluntary and council services as required.

For further information about emergencies, follow the link: UK Resilience