Types of risk
Dorset is a safe county in which to live, work and visit.
Emergencies, such as those described on this website are rare. This page explains some types of emergencies that could occur, what the likelihood is of such an event ever happening and what the possible impact would be if it did.
The National Risk Register 2017 explains the risks of major emergencies that could affect the UK in the next five years and provides resilience advice and guidance.
To view the register, please click on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-risk-register-of-civil-emergencies-2017-edition
More information about emergencies and risk
An emergency is an event that can:
- Result in loss of life
- Cause injury to people
- Damage property and the environment
- Disrupt daily living
For the purposes of the LRF, the type of large emergencies we plan for and respond to are usually defined as:
"A severe event or situation, with a range of significant impacts, which requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder organisations."
The Dorset LRF has a legal duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to produce a Community Risk Register.
This is to identify the risks likely to occur in our area and to develop plans and responses to reduce these risks, as well as informing you, the public, that this work and activity is taking place. We share information about these risks on this website.
Even if the risks are very unlikely to happen, their potential impact could be high, which is why we are providing this information.
The LRF assesses the levels of risk for a range of potential hazards in Dorset. These can be wide ranging so a common approach is required. Our risk assessment examines the Likelihood of hazards occurring in the area and the Impact that they would have if they did. This results in the overall Risk Rating you see on each page.