What can you do to be better prepared in your home?
Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part
of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds
Some emergencies require evacuation,
some require staying put - are you ready?
In the case of most major
emergencies, the simple advice is to go inside, stay inside, and
tune into local radio.
We use local radio to broadcast
emergency warnings and information as it is one of the most
accessible means of communication. It can also be received in
homes, businesses and cars.
Radio is also very reliable as it
can still broadcast and be received during a power cut.
With most incidents the safest
place to be in indoors, and with correct preparation you should be
able to stay there safely for some time (remember in the case of a
fire in a building you are in - get out and stay out).
The LRF organisations work together
with BBC Local Radio (and other media outlets) to make sure that
they can give out accurate and up-to-date information to keep
people fully informed on what to do during an emergency.
Planning for an Emergency
To prepare for an emergency, you
should 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
- If any elderly or vulnerable neighbours might need your
- How to tune in to your local radio station
At Home in an Emergency
If you are at home and an emergency happens, try to gather
- A list of useful phone numbers, e.g. for your doctor and close
- House and car keys
- Toiletries, sanitary supplies and any regular prescription
- A battery or wind-up radio, with spare batteries
- A battery or wind-up torch with spare batteries
- A first aid kit
- Your mobile phone and charger
- Cash and credit cards
- Spare clothes and blankets
- Bottled water, ready-to-eat food (e.g. tinned food) and a
bottle/tin opener, in case you have to remain in your home for
Also, check on neighbours and
vulnerable people in your community where it is safe to do so.
Leaving Your Home in an
In certain situations, you may be
asked to leave your home by the emergency services. If this
happens, leave as quickly and calmly as possible.
If you have time:
- Turn off electricity, gas and water supplies, unplug appliances
and lock all doors and windows
- Take the items listed on the left of this page.
- If you leave by car, take bottled water and blankets
- Take your pets (with suitable carriers or leads)
- Tune in to local radio for emergency advice and
- Inform emergency services of where you have gone and how you
can be contacted
Returning Home After an
Listen to advice from emergency
services or local authorities about any specific actions which you
must follow when it is safe to return home.