Preparing for an emergency
Are you and your family prepared?
make sure you're prepared for an emergency
Making an emergency plan will help you to be more organised and remain calm during an emergency. This checklist covers advice from making sure you have a contact list to finding out about the emergency procedures for your children at school.
Planning for an emergency
To prepare for an emergency, you should take time to find out:
- where and how to turn off water, gas and electricity supplies in your home
- the emergency procedures for your children at school
- the emergency procedures at your workplace
- how your family will stay in contact in the event of an emergency
- if any elderly or vulnerable neighbours might need your help
- how to tune in to your local radio station
Download and complete the Household Emergency Plan.
At home in an emergency
If you are at home and an emergency happens, try to gather together:
- a list of useful phone numbers, such as your doctor's and close relatives'
- home and car keys
- toiletries, sanitary supplies and any regularly prescribed medication
- a battery radio, with spare batteries
- a torch with spare batteries, candles and matches
- a first aid kit
- your mobile phone
- cash and credit cards
- spare clothes and blankets
- bottled water, ready-to-eat food (eg tinned food) and a bottle/tin opener, in case you have to remain in your home for several days
Leaving your home during an emergency
In certain very unlikely situations, you may be asked to leave your home by the emergency services. If this happens, leave as quickly and calmly as possible. And, if you have time:
- turn off electricity, gas and water supplies, unplug appliances and lock all doors and windows
- take the items listed above
- if you leave by car, take bottled water and blankets
- tune in to local radio for emergency advice and instructions
Returning home after an emergency
When you are told that it is safe to return home, open windows to provide fresh air before reconnecting gas, electricity and water supplies.