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Preparing for emergencies

Make a household emergency plan

It’ll only take a few minutes and will help you act quickly should an emergency occur. Get your family involved so they’re prepared too. Ask yourselves questions, and record the answers.

Here’s what your plan could cover;
  • Where will we meet if we can’t get into our home? 
  • Who’ll collect the children from school if we can’t? 
  • Which neighbours should we check on? 
  • How do we turn off the gas, water and electricity? 
  • Who’ll look after our pets if we can’t? 
  • What items would we not want to lose? Such as insurance documents, birth/marriage certificates, passports, photos, a favourite toy/blanket. 
    • Could we give copies to a neighbour, move things upstairs or store them in waterproof or fireproof containers?

Pack an emergency grab bag

You should pack an easy-to-carry bag with essentials and store it in where you can easily find it or at least have a list of items that are important. Think about including: 
  • Medication, first aid kit, glasses and lenses, anti-bacterial gel
  • Useful phone numbers, phones and chargers
  • Money and credit cards
  • House and car keys
  • Torch and batteries
  • Insurance documents (copies)
  • Food (canned and dried), can opener
  • Bottled drinking water and baby formula
  • Blanket and sleeping bags
  • Outdoor shoes
  • Wind or rainproof clothing
  • Rubbish bags
  • Radio and batteries
  • Pet supplies
  • Toys, books, activities for children
  • Sun hats and sunscreen
  • Thermos flask
  • Toilet paper
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