Understand the risk

All DEPP partners are members of the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum (LRF) a group that assesses local risks to our communities and present this information within a Community Risk Register (CRR). The CRR is a strategic level document designed to assess risks within the local resilience area so that responders can prepare, validate and exercise contingency plans. It allows work to focus on a rational basis of priority and need.

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.

The CRR does not cover all eventualities, however, there is only a need to assess our highest risks in any community but not always down to a neighbourhood level.

The completion of the CRR is a statutory duty 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).


In line with national guidance and the Regional Risk Register, the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LRF Community Risk Register only covers non-malicious events (i.e. hazards) rather than threats (i.e. 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 to the public. Threat scenarios that are being considered include, for example, Chemical, Biological, Radiological attacks and Electronic attacks, e.g. affecting utilities and communications.

See UK threat level for current information on a terrorist attack.


Whilst there is a legal requirement to publish the CRR, this does not extend to individual risk assessments or other sensitive documents.The CRR can be found here.

National Risk Register

See the current National Risk Register for information of the likelihood and potential impact of civil emergency risks.