Getting information in an emergency

Be aware of how to get information in the event of an emergency

In the case of most major emergencies the simple advice to follow is to go inside, stay inside and tune into the local radio.

Go In Stay In Tune In

With most incidents the safest place to be is indoors, and with the correct preparation you should be able to stay there safely for some time (remember in the case of a fire in a building – get out and stay out).If you are close to an emergency and believe you or others are in danger go inside a safe building (as long as you are sure there is no fire risk) and stay there until advised otherwise. Tune into local radio and television for updates on what is happening.

Local and national radio stations work together to make sure they can give out accurate and up to date information to keep people fully informed on what to do if there is a major incident.

Radio is easily accessible. You can listen to it in the car and as long as you have a battery powered or wind-up radio you can still listen even if there is a power cut. Warning messages are categorised as below.

  • Threat - is used when describing the general need for alertness.
  • Alert - is used where there is a need for particular vigilance and readiness by the public to take specific action.
  • Warning - is reserved for occasions where when there is specific intelligence about a time and place, when the police need to take action to protect people.

Local radio stations:

The FM frequencies are shown below for some of the more common radio stations serving the area

89.1 BBC Radio 2

91.3 BBC Radio 3

93.5 BBC Radio 4

94.9 BBC London

95.8 Capital FM

97.3 LBC

98.8 BBC Radio 1

100.9 Classic FM

Updated: 6 March 2013