The Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is required under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to assess local risks to our communities and present this information within a Community Risk Register which we must publish for the information of residents, visitors and businesses.

The Community Risk Register (CRR)

is a strategic level document. Its purpose is to assess the risks within a local resilience area so that the LRF can prepare, validate and exercise contingency plans. It allows the LRF to focus multi agency work on a rational basis of priority and need.

Link to Risk Matrix

The CRR assists with identifying emerging issues and those where the risk or threat is increasing or decreasing. It can also assist in identifying gaps in capability, and inform the planning process in respect of the scale of response that may be required.

It is accepted that the CRR does not cover all eventualities. However, there is no need to assess every single risk, particularly those with a very low likelihood of occurring. Neither is there a requirement to individually assess all risks on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood basis. Many risks are assessed on their impact across the entire LRF area and all risks assessed constitute a Major Incident or emergency.

The completion of the CRR is a statutory duty for all Category 1 Responders and we are legally required to co-operate in maintaining this Register.

The risk rating process works as follows:

  1. An assessment of the likelihood of an event occurring in Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly over the next five years is given a score of one to five; one being the lowest (negligible) and five being the highest (probable).

  2. The impact of an event occurring in the areas is mapped against the impact on the health, social, economic and environmental aspects of our community. The scoring values are also one to five, with one being the lowest (insignificant) and five the highest (catastrophic).

How has the Community Risk Register been compiled?

Using the 6 stage process as follows:

1. Contextualisation


This involves defining the nature and scope of the local risk climate and agreeing how the risk management process will be undertaken.


2. Identify hazards & threats


  • Industrial accidents

  • Transport accidents

  • Severe weather

  • Structural hazards

  • Human health

  • Animal health

  • Plant disease

  • Public protest

  • Industrial action

  • Industrial technical failure

3. Risk analysis

Assessing the likelihood of hazards occurring within the next five years, which is the timescale adopted nationally and regionally. This is done by considering the description of an outcome of an incident before assessing how likely an occurrence would be within this timescale. Each Individual Risk Assessment is allocated to a Lead Assessor within the LRF for ownership purposes, but are developed through research and consultation.

Every agency has the responsibility to constantly review the CRR, and any factors which may change the Individual Risk Assessment. If any person or organisation becomes aware of any information affecting an Individual Risk Assessment, they must inform the Lead Assessor. The Lead Assessor will review and if necessary update the Individual Risk Assessment.


4. Risk evaluation

Once the individual risk assessments have been completed and validated, consideration must be given to histroical data, national and regional risk assessments, statistical information, experience, enquiry reports and lessons learnt.

Risks are then evaluated, scored and consolidated within the Risk Assessment Framework. Sensitive information is excluded from the Framework.

5. Risk treatment


The CRR serves as a means for ensuring a commonly agreed starting point for Responders in their approach to emergency planning. The LRF will evaluate and prioritise risk reduction measures according to the size of the risk and any gaps in the capability required for response.

Within this LRF, details of on-going work, time-scales and owners for any work outlined are contained within the Risk Priority and Action Table which is Restricted.

6. Monitoring & reviewing

All risks should be reviewed regularly, and monitored continuously. Where information suggests a potential change, this will be incorporated into a revised Risk Assessment. A formal review of all the Risks takes place every four years although all risk are validated on an annual basis.


In line with national guidance and the Regional Risk Register, the Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LRF Community Risk Register only covers non-malicious events (ie, hazards) rather than threats (ie, terrorist incidents). This does not mean that we are not considering threats within our risk assessment work, but given the sensitivity of the information supporting these risk assessments and the potential for use by adversaries, specific details will not be made available via this web-site. Threat scenarios that are being considered include, for example, Chemical, Biological, Radiological attacks and Electronic attacks, eg, affecting utilities and communications.

For the current UK threat level, click here.


There is a legal requirement to publish the CRR, although this does not extend to Individual Risk Assessments or other sensitive documents. In order to comply with our legal requirement, the Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly CRR is available on this website.

National Risk Register

To view the current National Risk Register click here