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Preparing for an emergency

A little prep goes a long way

Colourful wellies walking through flooded streets

Get prepared

It is much easier to deal with an emergency if you have thought about it beforehand and planned for what you would do. Here are some top tips to help you get prepared:

  • Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them regularly.
  • Get the household involved - plan and practice together how to get out of the building quickly and safely if there is a fire.
  • Make a home emergency plan. The Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum has a great document to print off and work through.
  • Teach children how to dial 999 to report an emergency, and what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep a list of useful phone numbers, websites and social media accounts handy. You can find some to get you started in the Advice and Tips section.
  • Talk to your neighbours and get in touch with your local community groups and find out what emergency planning is going on in your area. Your local council resilience teams are good places to start.
  • Make emergency kits for the home and car.
  • Check lists – prepare checklists for what to pack if you need to evacuate your home quickly and what to remember to do before you leave.
  • Take time to find out where the water supply stop cock and mains electricity switch are in your home.

How your local community can be prepared

  • Know your neighbours and their needs. Are they vulnerable? Could they help themselves in the event of an emergency or would they need support? Help them be prepared, especially if your homes are at greater risk of some emergencies such as flooding.
  • If you are a parent, do you know the school or nursery’s procedure for dealing with an emergency?
  • Are there local risks nearby that you need to be aware of that have specific action to take, for example a factory or plant that stores a significant amount of chemicals?
  • Do you have a community defibrillator residents can access?

Your parish council will be able to provide further reassurance about local emergency plans. 

How your business can be prepared?

Businesses can be affected too by emergenices and should also be prepared. We have lots of advice on our Is your business prepared? page. 

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