Prepare an emergency kit
It can be difficult to think clearly in an emergency, by having your emergency kit prepared in advance you will be ready for whatever may happen.
Basic home emergency kit
Gather these materials and store, so it is ready:
- portable battery-operated radio
- candles and waterproof matches
- first aid kit and manual
- mobile phone, spare batteries and charger
- strong plastic or waterproof bags (for clothing, documents and photographs)
- tissues, sanitary and toiletry supplies
- copies of home and medical insurance policies
- copies of important papers and identification (e.g. birth certificates, passports and licences)
- copy of your emergency plan.
Evacuation emergency kit
If you need to evacuate, add the following to your basic home emergency kit
- food and bottled water
- prescribed medications (including prescriptions)
- special requirements for babies, the disabled, infirm and elderly
- clothing and footwear, blankets and sleeping equipment
- spare home and car keys
- credit cards, key cards and cash
- books, games, children's toys
- a pen and notepad
- food, water and medications for pets.
- Keep your emergency kit in a waterproof storage container.
- Keep it in a location that is easy to get to and that the whole family knows about.
- Check the kit regularly to make sure none of the items (e.g. batteries and gloves) have passed their use-by dates. Re-stock items if you need to.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone or on your fridge.
- Carry a basic emergency kit in your car (containing at least a torch, water, and first aid supplies) in case of breakdowns and severe weather conditions.
Page last updated: 24 October 2015