The availability of information prior to an emergency developing or the details available following the initial stages of a spontaneous incident allows a range of measures to be put in place.
A number of factors would indicate that further action is required by responders. This may include:
- Scale and nature of incident has already drawn multi-agency response which requires more formal coordination
- Evidence or expectation that the conditions associated with an incident will persist or deteriorate
- Significant social, economic, environmental or political impacts are anticipated
- SEPA Flood Warning or Severe Flood Warning
- Met Office Amber or Red Weather Warning.
Key information dictating the necessity of a coordinated response may come from any responder agency.
Scottish Government officials may also become aware of information which indicates the need for Regional Partnerships to consider a developing situation, for example, potential infrastructure disruption.