Community Risk Register

The CPLRF has a duty under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) to produce a Community Risk Register (CRR). This document highlights risks that have the highest likelihood and potential to have significant impact to local communities resulting in wide scale disruption.

The purpose of the Community Risk Register is to:

  • Inform you about the highest risks in the county and their consequences
  • Detail steps that can be taken to become better prepared and more resilient in your home, business and community
  • Provide you with links to organisations and websites to find out more information.

While certain risks are mentioned it does not mean that they will definitely occur in the region. It means there is a possibility of them happening and therefore all agencies within the local resilience forum have plans in place to respond to such incidents.

The Community Risk Register is the result of professional judgement from a range of contributors, historical evidence, scientific input and expert analysis in evaluating the key risks facing the different regions.

Why it is relevant to you

The Community Risk Register identifies the risks that have the highest likelihood of happening in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Being aware of these and the consequences of these incidents will help you to be prepared should such an incident occur. Some may be more relevant to you than others, for example, if you live near a river, flooding is more likely to affect you, although we have seen in previous years that flash flooding can happen anywhere and affect people’s homes, so it is useful for everyone to be aware of what to do. Other consequences, such as a power cut, could affect any of us at any time, so being prepared is vital. You can also help others in your local community who are less able to help themselves.

How are risks identified and categorised?

The Local Resilience Forum looks at the different emergency situations that could occur, taking guidance from the National Risk Register issued by the Cabinet Office. It then looks at how likely it is for each risk to happen in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what the impact would be if it did happen. Risks are categorised using a scale from no risk to very high risk.

What are we doing about them?

Once we have categorised these risks, plans are written to set out how the partnership of agencies would respond to the situation. These include how we will work together to protect lives, property and the environment and how we will communicate to the public. These complex plans are reviewed and tested on a regular basis.

What can you do about them?

Using the right hand navigation buttons or using the link below, you can see what the top 10 risks are for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Under each risk, we have set out what is likely to happen if that incident does happen and you can therefore see what you need to do to be prepared.

When thinking about how you can prepare for these events, please also consider any neighbours or family members who may need assistance if an incident should occur.

There is also information about how you can stay informed by the emergency services about what is happening. Why not start following us on social media now so it is one less thing to worry about if something did happen?

Top risks for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough