What can you do to be better prepared in your home?

What can you do to be better prepared in your home?

Some emergencies require evacuation, others to stay put. Are you ready? In most major emergencies, the simple advice is to go inside, stay there and tune into local radio for updates or check the web sites of the various agencies or follow social media.

We use local radio, websites and social media to broadcast emergency warnings and information. These are the most accessible means of communication and can be received in most homes, businesses and cars.

Radio is particularly reliable and can still broadcast and be received during a power cut by using a wind-up or battery powered radio.

With most incidents, the safest place to be is indoors. With correct preparation you should be able to stay there safely for some time.

Agencies such as the Police, Fire & Rescue Service, Ambulance, Met Office, Local Authorities, Environment Agency and Health agencies work together with local radio stations and other media outlets. They make sure they give out accurate and up-to-date information to keep people fully informed on what to do during any emergency.

Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Planning for 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 or school.
  • The emergency procedures at your workplace.
  • How your family will stay in contact during an emergency.
  • If any elderly or vulnerable neighbours might need your help.
  • How to tune into your local radio station.
  • Where you would go if you were asked to evacuate.