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    Q298: Can you give any advice on how to prepare for an emergency?

    The government has prepared information about what to do in an emergency, they list specific emergencies and also provide basic first aid tips. If you would like more information please see the Gov.UK website in Related Information.

    The following information is taken directly from the government website: preparing for emergencies.

    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 or access local news online

    If you are at home and an emergency happens, try to gather together -

      • A list of useful phone numbers, such as your doctor's and close relatives
      • Home and car keys
      • Toiletries, sanitary supplies and any regularly prescribed medication
      • A battery radio with spare batteries
      • A torch with spare batteries, candles and matches
      • A First Aid kit
      • Your mobile phone
      • Cash and credit cards
      • Spare clothes and blankets

    Also, it is always useful to have:

      • 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

    In certain very unlikely situations, you may be asked to leave your home by the emergency services. If this happens, leave as quickly and calmly as possible. And, if you have time:

      • Turn off electricity, gas and water supplies, unplug appliances and lock all doors and windows
      • See the items listed above for what to take with you
      • If you leave by car, take bottled water and blankets, and tune in to local radio for emergency advice and instructions or access local news online

    When you are told that it is safe to return home, open windows to provide fresh air before reconnecting gas, electricity and water supplies.

    The above information is Crown copyright and is reproduced with permission.

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