We face a number of risks in Barking and Dagenham. Below, we highlight a few examples and suggest measures you can take in advance.
What if ... the River Roding burst its banks?
Do you know if your home is at risk from flooding? Flooding from the Rivers Beam, Roding and Thames is a significant risk in the Borough while the potential consequences of a reservoir wall failure are severe.
See our flooding advice page for more information.
What if ... there was a power cut for over 24 hours?
We all rely on electricity to meet our basic needs. As a result, losing power for a long period of time will cause massive inconvenience and could be life-threatening.
What if ... severe weather affected the region?
The UK can be affected by extreme weather conditions including severe gales, torrential rain, heavy snow and icy roads, thunderstorms and lightning, heat waves and dense fog. All of these hazards can affect the Borough.
What if ... a cloud of poisonous gas passed over the Borough?
In a city the size of London, there is always the risk of an accidental release of hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere. In our borough, there is a specific risk to residents living near to TDG Chemicals Ltd. Read the Advice to residents distributed by TDG Chemicals.
What if ... radioactive materials contaminated the local environment?
There are no significant stores of radioactive materials in the borough. However harmful quantities could still contaminate the local environment either by accident or by malicious intent.
What if ... an infectious disease pandemic broke out?
The recent outbreak of swine 'flu did not have the catastrophic impact many had feared but an infectious disease pandemic remains one of the highest risks to the United Kingdom.
See our pandemic advice page for more information.