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Preparing Your Family for Emergencies

As a family you can prepare for the unexpected. Developing a family emergency plan, and creating a ‘grab bag’ of the essential items you may need if you were to leave your home can help you and save valuable time. 


Download a template of a Household Emergency Plan

This could include things as simple as:

  • If you are experiencing a power cut and you have not received prior notice, find information about power cuts in your area on the Western Power website
  • Recording key contact details of insurers, GP, utility suppliers
  • Actions each member will take to secure the property
  • Where and how to turn off the utilities to the house.
  • Escape routes the family can use and where to meet if split up

Grab Bag items could include:

  • A copy of your Family Emergency Plan.
  • Details of regular prescription items for your family.
  • Useful telephone numbers e.g. friends, family, insurance, doctors, utilities, etc.
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Important documents e.g. passport, birth certificates, insurance, etc. Consider keeping these in water proof material.
  • Toiletries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Bottles of water.
  • Wind up or battery powered radio and spare batteries.
  • Wind up or battery powered torch and spare batteries.
  • Notebook and pen.
  • Essential keys e.g. house, car, etc.
  • Special items e.g. glasses / contact lenses and solutions, items for babies / children / elderly / disabled.
  • Cash, debit / credit cards.
  • Non perishable food (cereal bars etc).
  • Supplies for very young children or pets.
  • Any other items you feel you may require.


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