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 count.

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.

Go In, Stay In, Tune In

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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 emergency
  • If any elderly or vulnerable neighbours might need your help
  • 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 together:

  • A list of useful phone numbers, e.g. for your doctor and close relatives
  • House and car keys
  • Toiletries, sanitary supplies and any regular prescription medication
  • 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 several days.

Also, check on neighbours and vulnerable people in your community where it is safe to do so.

Leaving Your Home in an Emergency

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 instructions
  • Inform emergency services of where you have gone and how you can be contacted

Returning Home After an Emergency

Listen to advice from emergency services or local authorities about any specific actions which you must follow when it is safe to return home.