Preparing for an Emergency - What you can do

To prepare for an emergency, you should take time to find out:

  • Where and how to turn off water, gas and electrical 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

If you are at home and an emergency happens, try to gather together:

  • A list of useful phone numbers, such as your doctors and close relatives
  • Home and car keys
  • Toiletries, sanitary supplies and any regularly prescribed medicine
  • 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

Also it is always useful to have:

Bottled water and ready-to-eat food (e.g. tinned food), in case you have to remain in your home for several days. 

In certain very unlikely circumstances, 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.
  • Gather essential items to use if you have to leave your home in an emergency(see the items listed above for what to take with you)
  • If you leave by car, take bottled water and blankets and tune into local radio for emergency advice and instructions.

Police officers and/or officials will advise on the requirement to evacuate.  You will be advised of the evacuation point for transport and the location of the rest centre.

When you are told that it is safe to return home, open windows to provide fresh air before reconnecting gas, electricity and water supplies.

Guidance Leaflets

Preparing for an Emergency as a community: