Community Risk Register

The Thames Valley LRF Community Risk Register

The Civil Contingencies Act (2004) places a legal duty on the wide range of responders to carry out risk assessments and maintain them in a Community Risk Register.  The assessment of the risks in Community Risk Register is the first step in the emergency planning process; it ensures that planning and other work is carried out in proportion to the risk.

A risk register for the ThamesValley has been published which highlights potential hazards in our area. It has been prepared in accordance with statutory national guidance on emergency preparedness.  The purpose of the Community Risk Register is:

  • To reassure local residents of the measures and plans which have been put in place to respond to potential hazards
  • To ensure that local responders have an accurate understanding of the risks that they face to provide a sound foundation for planning
  • To provide a work programme and to ensure efficient allocation of resources
  • To enable local responders to assess the adequacy of their plans and identify any gaps that there may be
  • To facilitate and encourage multi-agency working which ensures a more comprehensive planning process
  • To provide an accessible overview of the emergency planning context for the public and other interested parties
  • To inform on national and regional risk assessments that support emergency planning and capability development at those levels

Select one of the links below to view the register and the profile of the Thames Valley area.

Community Risk Register (pdf 4Mb)


The Thames Valley area

Examples of the type of major incident that the Councils within the Local Resilience Forum area need to be prepared for include:

  • Flooding
  • Aircraft and railway accidents
  • Outbreak of diseases, Pandemics and Epidemics
  • Storm Damage and other extremes of weather
  • Major Fire
  • Power Failures
  • Explosions (gas or other explosive substances) 
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Escape of Dangerous Substances (toxic gases, radioactive material, chemical spillage)
  • Evacuation of Housing Areas, Schools, etc
  • Collapse of Structures (buildings, bridges, etc) and damage to reservoirs

This list is not exhaustive, and a major incident may include a combination of events.