Emergency

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1. An Emergency is a sudden, unexpected incident requiring immediate action due to its potential threat to health and safety, the environment, or property.
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Related Terms: Crisis, Incident, Disaster, Event, Disruptive Events


BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 1: Project Management CL 1B: Foundation (BC)



BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 1: Project Management CL 1C: Foundation (CM)



BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 1: Project Management CL 1CC: Foundation (CC)



BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 1: Project Management CL 1D: Foundation (DR)

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. Sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or event requiring immediate action.

  • Note - An emergency is usually a disruptive event or condition that can often be anticipated or prepared for but seldom exactly foreseem.

(Source: ISO 22399:2007 – Societal Security - Guideline for Incident Preparedness and Operational Continuity Management) - clause 3.6

3. A sudden, unexpected event requiring immediate action due to its impact to health and safety, the environment, violation of regulation or which can result in the organization being unable to provide critical business functions for some predetermined minimum period of time. An emergency may precede or happen at the same time as a disaster.

(Source: Singapore Standard 540 - SS 540:2008)

4. An actual or impending situation that may cause injury, loss of life, destruction of property or cause the interference, loss or disruption of an organization normal business operations to such an extent that it poses a threat.

(Source: Business Continuity Institute - BCI)


5. A sudden, unexpected event requiring immediate action due to potential threat to health and safety, the environment, or property.

(Source: Disaster Recovery Institute International / Disaster Recovery Journal - DRII/DRJ)


6. An unforeseen incident or event that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action and intervention to minimize potential losses to people, property, or profitability.

(Source: ASIS International - ASIS International)


7. 1) An event,actual or imminent which endangers or threatens to endanger life,property or the environment and which requires a significant and coordinated response. 2) Any event which arises internally or from external sources which may adversely affect the safety of persons in a building or the community in general and requires immediate response by the occupants. 3) An unplanned situation arising through accident or error in which people and/or property are exposed to potential danger from the hazards of dangerous goods.Such emergencies will normally arise from vehicle accident,spillage or leakage of material or from a fire.

(Source: Australia. A Practitioner's Guide to Business Continuity Management HB292 - 2006 )


8. An event, actual or imminent, which endangers or threatens to endanger life, property or the environment, and which requires a significant and coordinated urgent response.

(Source: AS/NZS 5050.1 Australian and New Zealand Standards for business continuity management.

Part 1: Business continuity management system specification)


9. An event, actual or imminent, which endangers or threatens to endanger life, property or the environment, and which requires a timely and coordinated response.

(Source: AS/NZS 5050.2 Australian and New Zealand Standards for business continuity management.

Part 2: Business continuity management practice standard)