How to prepare for an emergency
How to prepare..
> yourself > your family & friends > your pets
For an emergency
You can prepare yourself for an incident or temporary evacuation from your home because of:
> Fire > Flooding > Power or water cuts > Extreme weather > Chemical spills > Road or rail accidents
You or someone you know may already have experienced this type of incident, which can lead to injury, damage, stress, inconvenience, expenditure or worse.
What if…? The unthinkable might happen and you might not be able to use your mobile phone.
What if…? you become separated from family and friends and become caught up in an incident. How will you stay in touch?
Think about a meeting place that you and your family could re-unite at. Sometimes the best thing is to
“Go In, Stay In, Tune In”
Go In, Stay In, Tune In
> Go Indoors – somewhere safe
> Stay Indoors – stay safe
> Tune In – tune into the local radio for full up to date information
Listen to the radio – in times of emergency they will broadcast useful information provided by ECPEM, Emergency Services, Met Office, Environment Agency etc.
This will give you information which will help you to plan what to do.
It might be that the Police have advised you to go indoors and keep all windows closed. Alternatively the Police might be evacuating you to a place of safety where the Local Authority has set up an Emergency Accommodation Centre where you can stay temporarily. You will find this out quickly if you listen to the local radio.
As someone once said…
“It’s good to talk…”
So before an emergency occurs, talk about what you would do, where you would go, who you would go to or talk to – do this with your family and friends.
It’s best to write down your plan, but even having discussed it can make a huge difference to how you will cope, it will take some of the stress out of the situation whether it’s a minor incident, or something worse.
You could also make a “Grab Bag”
It’s easy; it only takes a minute.
What If…? something happens to you?
Put ICE in your Phone = ICE stands for In Case of Emergency
Put ICE in your mobile phone contacts list. If you have more than one ICE contact
This way the Emergency Services knows who to call if you are not able to make a call by looking in your phone for ICE.
This idea came from the Ambulance Service – it saves them time and helps you.
What if you have to make an emergency phone call?
It is very easy but you might want to think before you make the call.
Which service you need:
Police, Fire, Ambulance,Coastguard etc, the operator will help you.
What information they will need:
What has happened, where are you, street/road name/number, your contact number
They may give you instructions:
Listen carefully and ask them to repeat if you are not sure or clear on what you have to do.
If you want to look for more information to help prepare yourself now?
You can find more specific information on: Flooding and the latest Flood Alerts & Warning Winter Weather, Fires and COMAH
Essex Civil Protection & Emergency Management, work with many partners to ensure that we can all deliver on our
responsibilites under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA2004).
If you want to look at what each agency does check out the links section.
Why not contact your Local Council, as they will also have advice and information on what to do in an emergency.
Check out our interactive map to find you local council's details.