Kent Community Risk Register 

Very high risks

The 'very high risks' outlined on this page are primary or critical risks requiring immediate attention. They may have a high or low likelihood of occurrence, but their potential consequences are such that they must be treated as a high priority.


This may mean that strategies should be developed to reduce or eliminate risks, but also that mitigation in the form of at least (multi-agency) generic planning, exercising and training should be put in place and the risk monitored on a regular frequency.

Consideration should be given to planning being specific to the risk rather than generic.

Severe Inland flooding

Inland flooding can occur as a result of rivers over flowing their banks, groundwater becoming saturated, or surface water being unable to drain.

Consequences of flooding include: 

  • Risk to life and health. 

  • Damage to homes, businesses, communities, agricultural land and infrastructure. 

  • Evacuation of residents in short, medium and long-term phases. 

  • Disruption to utilities (electricity and water supply). 

  • Pollution and contamination of the environment. 

  • Impact on the local economy and businesses.


Local/urban flooding

This assessment considers a 'regional' event in which water flows create a danger to life. The depth and velocity of water flows can be variable depending on location and weather.


Mutual aid is highly likely to be required from other regions. Due to the scale of the event it is likely that national resources would need to be prioritised.


Infrastructure and economic recovery could take between 6 and 18 months.

Influenza-type disease

Infectious diseases can have a significant health impact, particularly on those with existing health conditions and can cause a strain on the health sector.


Pandemic influenza is caused by a new influenza virus that spreads rapidly causing widespread epidemics in countries around the world. It generally occurs when a new strain emerges for which there is no current vaccination.


It is unlikely that a pandemic would originate in the UK, however due to the nature of international travel the UK will be at risk. The World Health Organisation maintains constant international surveillance to monitor and track any emerging outbreaks.


Symptoms will vary depending on the nature of the strain, however commonly include headache, fever, cough, sore throat and aching muscles and joints. The most common secondary complications from influenza are bronchitis and secondary bacterial pneumonia. More details can be located on the NHS website.