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How you can prepare for emergencies

Emergencies can occur with little or no warning so it is important to be prepared. If you are well prepared for emergencies, you will be more resilient and be able to withstand the effects of an emergency and return to normality much quicker.

Preparing for emergencies

Discuss with your family or neighbours about how to be prepared in an emergency. Issues to consider include:

  • Know the risks
  • Prepare a Home Emergency Plan
  • Prepare an Emergency Kit

Know the risks

It is important to know the types of risk in your area such as flooding, severe weather and flu. If you think your home or business may be subject to flooding, you can check this on the Environment Agency flood maps.

If you are at risk and would like early warning of floods, you can sign up to a free telephone Floodline Warning Direct service operated by the Environment Agency. Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or sign up online

More information on the risks in your area can be found on our Risks in Bedfordshire page

Prepare a Home Emergency Plan

Have a discussion with your family members about what you would do during an emergency. Some things that you might want to cover include:

  • Identifying key numbers of family members and knowing how you will contact each other in the event of an emergency
  • Identifying an escape route from your house - try to keep this route free of obstacles
  • Identifying family members or neighbours who may need extra help in an emergency
  • Identifying someone you could stay with if you have to evacuate your home
  • Identifying key contact details such as your electricity company, water, gas, insurance provider etc

Prepare an Emergency Kit

In the event of an emergency you may be required to evacuate your home with little or no warning for your own safety. It is recommended that you have an Emergency Kit prepared and keep it somewhere easily accessible in your home with all the important items you may require in an emergency including warm clothing, wind up radio, bottled water, medication and important documents.

More information on the items recommended for your Emergency Kit can be found on the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum (BLRF) website.

Click on Preparing for Emergencies link for more practical government advice on preparing for emergencies. This website also has a leaflet that you can download or you may order a printed copy for you to keep on hand.

For advice on how your business can prepare for emergencies please visit our Business Continuity pages.