Emergencies affect individuals, families and communities in a wide range of ways. This page is focused on the Human Aspects of an emergency including the care and treatment of people involved in or affected by emergencies.
The provision of activities to address the Human Aspects of an emergency is multi-agency. It is important that this work is co-ordinated across a range of agencies, including: the National Health Service, police services, local authorities, commercial organisations (e.g. transport companies), and voluntary organisations.
It is important that responders are aware of and make arrangements for the key groups of people affected by emergencies, including the injured, families and friends, the deceased and rescuers and response workers; and that structures and processes are put in place to provide care and assistance to meet their needs.
Effective care and treatment also requires responders to meet the specific needs of children and young people; faith, religious, cultural and minority ethnic communities; elderly people and people with disabilities.
A complementary resource for planners and practitioners on Human Aspects in emergencies is being hosted by the Emergency Planning Society.