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Emergency kit

Keeping all of the things you might need in an emergency in a 'ready bag' is a great idea. However, we know this is often not realistic but you could keep a list of where to find the items in a hurry. An emergency kit might be kept at home and in the car.

What your kit should contain

Ideally, your ready bag might contain the following:

  • Photocopies of important documents (such as passport, insurance certificates, driving licence, pet vaccination certificates)
  • A list of current medication (or spares so long as they do not go out of date)
  • Household emergency plan with contact details of members of the family you will need to inform, local doctors number etc
  • A change of clothes per person or an emergency blanket
  • Torch (with spare batteries if not wind up) /candles and matches
  • Radio (with spare batteries if not wind up)
  • Bottled water (to be changed regularly as noted on best before dates)
  • Sanitary items and toiletries
  • In date tinned food and tin opener/long life snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Mobile phone and wind up or battery powered charger.

You may also want to consider including:

  • Antibacterial hand wipes/gel
  • Checklist of items in the kit
  • A basic tool kit.
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