Frequently asked questions
What is the Community Risk Register?
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 places a legal duty on responders to undertake risk assessments and maintain them in a Community Risk Register, and publish all or part of this register.
Risks in this context are those that could result in a major emergency. This Community Risk Register is the first step in the emergency planning process; it ensures that the plans that are developed are proportionate to the risk.
The purpose of the Community Risk Register is:
- To ensure that local responders have an accurate understanding of the risks that they face to provide a sound foundation for planning
- To provide a rational basis for the prioritisation of objectives, work programmes and allocation of resources
- To enable local responders to assess the adequacy of their plans and identify any gaps
- To facilitate joined up planning, based on consistent planning assumptions
- To provide an accessible overview of the emergency planning context for the public and officials
- To inform and reflect on national and regional risk assessments that support emergency planning and capability development at those levels