During a widespread major incident, for example prolonged severe weather or a terrorist attack, responders may not be able to reach you immediately. In the worst scenario you may have to survive on your own for a number of days. Power, gas and water facilities may be lost, or you may have to evacuate at short notice.
The response to a major incident is made much easier if we are all more informed and prepared. Here are a few helpful steps you can take beforehand:
It is recommended that all households are suitably prepared for the different types of hazards that we could face and in doing so should have an ‘Emergency Pack’ at hand at home, in the car and at work.
Try using plastic boxes or backpacks to keep supplies together, make sure all members of the household know where the pack is kept. The contents of this pack may be a matter of preference, however, suggested items should include:
Try to Keep enough of the following in your house to last all of you at least two days at all times:
These could vary depending on the time of the year, but could include items such as:
It is recommended that you know your emergency procedures for your workplace.
Depending on the situation, you may have to remain at your workplace for safety, this could be overnight. It would be advantageous to consider what you would need if this happened.
It is also recommended that you make an evacuation checklist of items that you might need if you had to leave your home quickly such as your emergency pack, medication and personal items such as glasses, baby items, Mobile Telephone and charger, keys and cash or credit cards for example.
Updated: 6 March 2013