The likelihood is that most of us will never face a major incident during our lifetime but incidents do happen and therefore we must be prepared. Every day the emergency services are called to deal with circumstances which require the use of their knowledge and skills to safeguard life and property. Any emergency situation that has the potential to cause major disruption, affects large numbers of people, causes a substantial amount of damage and/or creates a strain on resources is referred to as a ‘major incident’. This is a phrase which all the above agencies will use to trigger the activation of their emergency plans.
It is any emergency that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or more of the Emergency Services, the NHS or the local authority, for:
Members of the public should always use the emergency services 999 system
Updated: 6 March 2013