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.