Emergencies can happen at any time. With a few small steps you can prepare your family and your home for the unexpected things that can cause disruption to our daily lives.
Are you prepared for the kinds of things that can happen because of an emergency?
- Power cuts, or disruption to fuel supplies
- Loss of telephone communications or impact to online services
- Flooding, at home, or at your place of business
- Becoming stranded or severely delayed while on a journey in the car
- Evacuation from your home or business, either by yourself or by the authorities, or being unable to get into your home or premises
- Being confined to the indoors, at home, or somewhere else
- Unplanned separation of family members
There is a lot you can do now to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies and disruptive events. Some straightforward, common sense actions will stand you in good stead in a wide range of situations.
- Create a household emergency plan to help you and your family stay safe in all kinds of emergencies.
- Put together an emergency kit so you will have the information and equipment you need to hand, whatever the situation.
- In an emergency you should call 999 and follow instructions.
- Think about carrying one or more ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact numbers on your mobile phone or in your wallet or purse. This means that if they need to, emergency responders like paramedics can contact people who know you, and potentially get important medical information, as quickly as possible.
- The free-to-download Ready Scotland mobile app (for iPhone and Android systems) can help you prepare for a range of emergencies.
- Follow Ready Scotland’s advice on protecting your home from severe weather and preparing for the loss of utilities.
Packing a small emergency kit and keeping it in a safe place at home will stand you in good stead in a wide range of emergency situations. Your kit should be kept in a waterproof bag and it should include:
- Your household emergency plan, including emergency contact numbers.
- A battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch)
- A battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio)
- Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
- Three days’ supply of bottled water and ready to eat food (that won’t go off)
- Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates, in case you need to locate these quickly or prove your identity
- Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
- Spare keys to your home and car
- Spare glasses or contact lenses
Think about what else is important for you and your family to get by during an emergency, e.g.
- Pet supplies
- Food supplies
- Formula/baby food