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67 risks Londoners should be aware of

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The London Risk Register was approved in early February and provides the annual assessment of likelihood and potential impact of a range of different emergencies which may affect London. In total there are 67 risks, which are categorised as follows:

  • 4 Very High risks
  • 33 High risks
  • 24 Medium risks
  • 6 Low risks
London Skyline from Emirates Air Line

When we published the London Risk Register last year we gave some general advice on how to use the register. This year we’ve come up with some specific considerations for certain groups on how they could use the information. We’ve also updated our interactive presentation, below, for you to explore the London Risk Register in more detail. 

Remember, you can click around on our web pages or follow us on Twitter for information and advice on preparing for and responding to emergencies. Or take a look at the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies to see how different risks compare.

Schools and Education

  • Consider the impact of these risks on staff and students getting to your buildings. What plans do you have in place to respond?
  • Use the information to develop your own risk register – localise the risks for you context. For example, you might not have a natural gas storage facility, but do you have any compressed gasses on site?
  • Incorporate the London Risk Register into relevant lesson plans to talk to pupils and students about risk – school projects flooding can be fun and informative!

Small Businesses

  • Take some time to identify all the risks your business faces and then rank them in order of likelihood and importance
  • If you are a sole trader or a micro-businesses consider what would happen if you were personally affected by any of the risks described in the London Risk Register?Are there any steps you can take to reduce the potential impact?

Hotels and Leisure

  • Tourists don’t know London as well as the people that live and work here and therefore could be more vulnerable.
  • Have you planned how you would continue to provide your services to them if any of these risks occur?
  • Do you have ways to communicate with current and future customers to keep them updated?


  • Encourage your children’s school to plan for emergencies using the information in the London Risk Register
  • Talk to your children about responding to an emergency, do they know who, how and when to call for help?
  • Skills such as basic fire safety and hand washing can help reduce certain risks

People with long term medical conditions

  • Some of the risks in the London Risk Register can affect certain groups of people more than others.
  • Use the information in the London Risk Register to talk to your friends, family or care provider about your needs in an emergency.

Let us know

We’ll continue working with our partners to ensure responders are prepared, but we're interested in examples of how the London Risk Register is being used by London's diverse communities.

Let us know via @London_Prepared or on Facebook


Matt, London Resilience Officer