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.