Terrorism and national emergencies

Last updated: 3 May 2017

Reporting suspected terrorism

If you think you know of terrorist activity being carried out or planned, there are steps you can take.

  • call 999 if there's an immediate threat
  • call the police counter-terrorism hotline, 0800 789 321
  • if there's no immediate threat to life you can also contact the Security Service (MI5) using their online contact form or freephone 0800 111 4645
  • if you've found information, pictures or videos online that promote terrorism, you can report it on the Home Office website

Terrorism threat levels

You can get information on terrorist threats, and current threat levels, from the Security Service's website.

Counter-terrorism

The Security Services are responsible for protecting the UK from terrorism.

The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism organises the UK government's response to terrorist incidents.

The Scottish Government plays a part in preparing for, preventing and dealing with terrorist acts in Scotland.

Counter-terrorism laws are enforced by Police Scotland.

National emergencies

The UK Government publishes a National Risk Register which looks at natural and man-made threats.

The Register explains:

  • what the threats are
  • how serious they are
  • how likely it is that they'll happen
  • the impact they'll have on people
  • how the Government and organisations like the police and emergency services will prepare for and deal with them

Your local council also plans for and and deals with emergencies.