Definition - The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 defines a major emergency as:
'Any event (happening with or without warning) causing or threatening death or injury, damage to property or to the environment or disruption to the community, which because of the scale of its effects cannot be dealt with by the emergency services and local authorities as part of their day-to-day activities.'
Emergencies can happen at any time and range from:
- fires ( find out more about Scottish Fire and Rescue Service)
- flooding (see more information on flooding including river monitoring)
- transport or industrial accidents
- severe winter weather
These emergencies can also be the cause of a loss of basic services including water, electricity and gas, and telephones.
They can cause damage to homes and businesses and it is possible that evacuation may be required or, conversely, that people must remain indoors for an extended length of time.
To find out more, please contact Stirling Council’s Resilience and Risk Manager