Emergency Categories

Emergencies occur with varying levels of severity and are often dynamic events requiring rapid adjustments to changing conditions.  To be effectively managed, such situations must be considered with forward planning in terms of potential impact and related consequences.

The definitions applied to the following emergency levels represent points along a continuum of increasing severity, and actual circumstances will determine the most appropriate responses required.  It should also be recognized that many incidents may initially appear minor, but may rapidly evolve to a higher level of severity or broader impact on the MBL.