What should I consider in preparation for an emergency?


What should I consider in preparation for an emergency?

Essentially, stay at home unless you can offer professional help i.e. medical personnel. Do not make any unnecessary journeys. Close all doors and windows and switch on for news. Keep in touch with your neighbours and particularly Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators.

  • Water:  Each individual needs a minimum of 1.5 litres of water per day.  Consider methods of storage e.g. bottled, existing water cistern, PVC carry bottles.  Keep water refrigerated if possible.
  • Heat/Lighting:  A building should hold its heat for a reasonable time.  To prevent hypothermia, blankets, thermal blankets and some form of alternative heating should be provided.  Emergency forms of lighting should be available.
  • Medicine:  Lack of medicine could turn a controlled situation into a medical emergency.  Ensure any prescription medicines are in date and available.  Details should be kept in case you are relocated.
  • Food:  Tinned foods are useful but a flask of hot drink made before any power cut could be even more beneficial.
  • Power:  We are very reliant on electrical power.  Residents would be well advised to ensure that a good torch with batteries is available.  Keep a battery-operated radio in the home and perhaps some spare batteries where possible.

There is no need to read the above with alarm but simply as a useful guidance for what to do should an emergency occur. 

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