The government provides funding and support for local emergency services including the police, fire and ambulance services, and sets national standards to make sure they are effective and consistent.

Policies 6

  1. Maintaining operational readiness to provide military support for activities in the UK

    Civil authorities have resources to cope with a wide range of emergencies but if they lack capability or are overwhelmed by the scale of events they can ask the Ministry of Defence for assistance.

  2. Working with local partners to plan for, and respond to, emergencies

    Helping communities plan for, respond to, and recover from local emergencies such as floods or civil disorder.

  3. Supporting fire and rescue authorities to reduce the number and impact of fires

    We work with all 46 fire authorities to make sure standards are consistent nationally, giving them freedom to decide on local services.

  4. Planning for health emergencies

    In emergency situations, the government wants to be ready to protect people’s health and prevent deaths.

  5. Improving the UK's ability to absorb, respond to and recover from emergencies

    How government plans to be ready and able to deal with potential emergency situations.

See all 6 policies

Detailed guides

  1. Preparation and planning for emergencies: responsibilities of responder agencies and others

    How the government prepares and plans for emergencies, working nationally, locally and co-operatively to ensure civil protection in the UK. Read more

  2. National Recovery Guidance: humanitarian issues

    Guidance primarily aimed at local responders covering some humanitarian issues that may arise during the Recovery Phase of an emergency in the UK. Read more

  3. National Recovery Guidance

    Guidance primarily aimed at local responders and developed in line with the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) on recovering from an emergency in the UK. Read more

  4. Risk assessment: how the risk of emergencies in the UK is assessed

    How the level of risk posed to the UK is assessed nationally and locally, covering the National Risk Assessment and National Risk Register. Read more

  5. Pandemic flu

    Pandemic flu planning information for England and the devolved administrations, including guidance for organisations and businesses. Read more