This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
The latest release of Lexicon of UK Civil Protection Terminology, Version 2.0.1, was published in January 2011 as an Excel spreadsheet.
Without a common understanding of what specific terms and phrases mean, multi-agency working will always carry the risk of potentially serious misunderstandings, the consequences of which could be extremely severe. Since 2007 CCS has been working with a wide range of partners to build and maintain a single point of reference for civil protection terminology as one of the underpinning elements of interoperable communications and coherent multi-agency working.
A lexicon is a collection of terms from a specific area of work or knowledge that are defined and associated with additional user-relevant information. This lexicon establishes common, agreed definitions for terms used in the multi-agency business of civil protection. Future versions will build on this, encompassing a wider range of the terminology used across the range of Integrated Emergency Management activities.