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
- 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).
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Tune in to local radio
- BBC Radio Nottingham - 103.8 and 95.5 FM
- Capital FM - 96.2-96.5 FM
- Lincs FM (Newark area only) - 102.2 FM
- Trax FM (Bassetlaw area only) - 107.9 FM.