Preparing for an emergency
It will help you be 'ready to react' if you:
- know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in your home
- know the emergency procedures for your workplace and/or child’s school
- consider how your family will stay in touch in the event of an emergency – mobile networks may be jammed, cordless telephones need power to work
- have a household emergency plan ready. Who would you stay with if your home was evacuated?
- list of useful contact numbers
- ask whether elderly or vulnerable neighbours might want/need your assistance in the event of an emergency
- have a battery powered (with spare batteries) or wind up radio in your home and know how to tune into your local radio stations.
- have a torch (wind up or battery powered), candles and matches in your home (kept out of reach of children)
- have a supply of bottled water, ready to eat food (for example tinned) and a tin opener in your home
- have an emergency kit prepared in a 'ready bag', or a list of things you would need and where to find them in a hurry (see below)
- find out whether your home is subject to any specific risks, such as flooding, and what you can do to help protect it
- sign up for flood warnings (if appropriate in your area).
Prepare an emergency kit
Keeping a bag of items you might need in an emergency is a great way to be ready to react. You may want to keep an emergency kit in your car, and your home, or just a list of where to find the items.
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- a list of current medication (or spares so long as they do not go out of date)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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