Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are ready in an emergency.
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
- If you are a tenant and rent your property, do you know who your landlord is and how to contact them in an emergency? Have you discussed with your landlord what arrangements they have in place to support you if you are evacuated?
- If you are a homeowner, does your insurance cover you for emergency accommodation if you are evacuated?
Make an emergency grab-bag of things you could need.
- 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
The chances of you and your family being caught up in a major emergency are low. However, it is very important that you have made the necessary preparations to protect yourself, your family and others.
Here are some additional steps and information that you can use to prepare for and emergency.