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Public Safety and Emergencies


Emergencies can happen at any time. We want a Scotland that is safe, secure and resilient. One that is able to cope with and respond effectively to emergencies whenever they occur.


  • We take action to ensure key organisations work together to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies such as severe weather impacts, major incidents, public health outbreaks and the threat posed by terrorists
  • Our Preparing Scotland guidance sets out the Scottish approach to emergency planning
  • Scotland is well-prepared and quick to respond when incidents occur. In an emergency, the Scottish Government resilience operation will be active, providing support to front-line agencies and ensuring the multi-agency response is fully co-ordinated across all areas impacted
  • We ensure the essential services on which Scotland relies keep running despite disruptive challenges (e.g. adverse weather or industrial action)
  • We work closely with external and internal partners to enhance cyber security and resilience across all of Scotland's critical infrastructure
  • While emergency responders, supported by government, are at the forefront of emergency planning and response, resilience is everyone’s business. Individuals should prepare themselves, their families, their homes and their businesses for the unexpected things that can cause disruption to their daily lives
  • Our Ready Scotland website and twitter feed provide guidance and information on how to prepare for a range of emergencies
  • We are engaged in a range of activities to address the threat posed by terrorists, which integrate with the UK Government's overarching 'CONTEST' counter terrorism strategy

Who we are working with

Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, local authorities, health boards, Scottish Ambulance Service, The Met Office, SEPA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, utilities companies, transport providers, HSE, MoD, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the voluntary sector, Cabinet Office, Home Office.


Scotland’s emergency planning guidance is underpinned by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and regulations, which set the framework for multi-agency co-ordination.  This is based on three Regional Resilience Partnerships (RRPs - North, East and West) which are broken down into 13 Local Resilience Partnerships (LRPs). These groups bring together all the relevant organisations in an area to develop an effective approach to dealing with emergencies.

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland sets out our approach to make the Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

Bills and legislation

See the legislation page on Ready Scotland.

How Scotland is performing

Scotland Performs measures and reports on the progress of government in Scotland. The National Outcomes describe what we want to achieve over the next 10 years.

National Outcome: We have strong, resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others

Justice Outcomes