Is London Prepared for an Emergency?

London is generally a very safe place – however there are a number of hazards and threats that could impact the city, and the people and businesses based here. This includes outbreaks of infectious disease, extreme weather and terrorism. Every few months representatives from the emergency services, local authorities, health services and other emergency responders in London gather at City Hall to review the risk of emergencies. The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 places duties on emergency responders to carry out and publish risk assessment; in London this is coordinated by the London Resilience Team.

Emergencies in LondonThe London Risk Register, which was approved by the London Resilience Forum, sets out the assessment of the likelihood and potential impact of a range of different risks that may affect London. On the basis that risk-aware Londoners will be better able to respond to emergencies (and therefore reduce the overall impact) the London Risk Register is published annually to make sure you have the latest information on risks to take informed decisions.


The London Risk Register has three purposes:

  • To help all emergency responders and communities have a common understanding of the risks facing the local community
  • To provide a basis for proportionate resilience planning
  • To provide a basis for the development of planning assumptions and evaluation

Risks include:

  • Disease
  • Extreme Weather
  • Flooding
  • Terrorism and cyber attack
  • Transport and industry

Preparing for emergencies in London

When an emergency occurs, responding organisations may not be able to help everyone, as they have to focus on helping the most vulnerable.  You can help by planning to look after yourself and your loved ones.  Making a household emergency plan can help you think about what to do if you are involved in an emergency.

Responding to emergencies in London

If you are involved in an emergency, keep calm and take the following actions:

  • If life is in danger call 999
  • Follow the advice of emergency responders
  • Try and get to a safe place – this may not be your home
  • Check for injuries, try and stay calm and reassure others around you
  • If you are not directly involved and in the absence of other instruction, GO IN, STAY IN, TUNE IN

Your safety is of paramount importance – think before you act and avoid putting yourself or others in unnecessary danger

Recovering from emergencies in London

The personal and community recovery from an emergency can be a long, painful experience.

In the immediate aftermath:

Contact your loved ones – people may become separated or be concerned about your welfare. Check to see if a telephone hotline has been opened as this will usually be the best way to trace any missing relatives or friends. Find more advice on the role of the Police Casualty Bureau

Stay safe – Do not enter any areas where an emergency has taken place until the emergency services tell you it is safe to do so.

Find a place to stay – if you can’t return to your property then you may need alternative temporary accommodation. The best option is to stay with friends or family in the local area. However your local authority may open emergency rest centre’s for those people without alternative accommodation.

You can find out more about emergency planning in London by reading the London Resilience Partnership Strategy document (PDF).

Did you know?

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Three day first aid at work courses – HSE Approved London and the UK

Three day first aid at work Courses are also known as ‘first aid in the workplace’. The training is approved by the HSE and is designed to meet the requirement of the First Aid at Work regulations (1981). GK can deliver the First aid at work course in London and the UK.


Each Delegate will receive a book and a HSE Approved Certificate (Upon successful completion of the training), which is valid for 3 years.

Cost for the Three Day First Aid at Work Courses

We are confident that we can offer you a competitive price for all your First Aid Training requirements. Call us directly on 0800 774 7034 and we will be able to discuss your requirements.

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