Emergency Event Law and Legal Definition

An emergency event is a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected incident or occurrence that requires an immediate reaction or assistance for emergency situations faced by the recipients of public assistance. The main purpose of such assistance is to bring the situation under control and to restore normality. It usually poses a threat to the health or safety of those involved, responders, and people in the surrounding area. In Glass v. Board of Common Council, 262 Ky. 471 (Ky. 1936), the court observed that “An emergency is any event or occasional combination of circumstances that calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency; a sudden or unexpected happening; an unforeseen occurrence or condition. Existing and continuing conditions are never considered emergencies.”