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European Definitions

Other International Definitions

A sudden and usually unforeseen event that calls for immediate measures to minimize its adverse consequences.[1]

National Definitions

United States

An emergency is any occasion or instance for which, in the determination of the President, Federal assistance is needed to supplement State and local efforts and capabilities to save lives and to protect property, public health, and safety, and includes emergencies other than natural disasters.[2]

An emergency is any incident, whether natural or manmade, that requires responsive action to protect life or property[3].

Standard Definition

ISO/PAS 22399:2007

Sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or event requiring immediate action [4].

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