How to Prepare for a Major Incident

Step one - Be informed

To prepare for an emergency, 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.

Step two - Be prepared

Make an emergency grab-bag of things you could need. This might include:

  • 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.

Step three - Prepare together

Remember - involve the whole family! If you have young children, there are a few things you can do to make sure they are prepared too. Check that children:

  • Know their first and last name
  • Know their full address
  • Can say and dial their home phone number
  • Know who to contact in an emergency.

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