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. 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.

  2. Planning for health emergencies

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

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

See all 6 policies

Detailed guides

  1. Determinations under the Fire Safety Order

    Determinations made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on fire safety risk assessments in non-domestic properties. Read more

  2. Telecoms resilience

    Our guiding principles for enhancing the resilience of communications and how we work with telecommunication service providers. Read more

  3. National Recovery Guidance: economic issues

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

  4. National Recovery Guidance: infrastructure issues

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

  5. Resilience in society: infrastructure, communities and businesses

    How networks and individuals can support the country's emergency planning, response and recovery, and keep systems and services running. Read more

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