Preparing

A Home Emergency Action Plan Booklet has been put together to give you some basic information on how you can help yourself and your family in emergencies. A lot of this is based on common-sense advice and may seem obvious or familiar to you, but it has saved lives in the past.

The booklet prompts you to capture and write down important contact information such as personal emergency telephone numbers, non-emergency telephone numbers and important household contact details. Should you be asked to evacuate your home during an emergency, it would also help preparing a Grab Bag containing essential items according to you and your family’s needs and the time of year.

To increase resilience, members of your local community may have drawn up a Community Emergency Response Plan. You can find out by contacting your local council. If so, find out who is part of your Community Emergency Response Team and the arrangements they have in place to help support you in emergencies.

Although there are no statutory responsibilities for communities to plan for, respond to, or recover from emergencies, it is good practice to identify hazards and make simple plans on how they could respond to them.