One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an emergency is to spend a few
minutes pung together a Household Emergency Plan and making sure all your family know
about it. Having a plan can help you deal quickly and eecvely in a stressful situaon. It
doesn’t need to be complicated, just ask yourself the queson ‘What if?’ and then nd the
answers. Think about emergency friends, important contacts and how people would know
your needs in an emergency. Follow the advice in this leaet , develop a Household
Emergency Plan and be beer prepared.
Developing a Household Emergency Plan
Why not idenfy an “Emergency Friend”? Someone you can trust who can help you in an
emergency, perhaps a close neighbour and a friend who lives further away.
Emergency Friends can help each other if one of their homes or members of family have been
aected by an emergency. Some examples are:
Swapping house keys. You never know when you might lock yourself out or your pet
needs to be fed if you get stranded away from home.
If you are suering from an infecous disease, like u, the NHS might ask you to send
someone to collect your medicaon for you.
Be an emergency point of contact for family members who may be separated in an
Provide each other with a place to stay if you have been evacuated from your home or
if it’s been aected by a ood, re or ulity failure.
Keep copies of important documents safe for each other
Make sure all your family know who your Emergency Friends are and make a note of them in
the Household Emergency Plan. Have a chat with each other so that you know how you can
be of help.
Why should I prepare a Household Emergency Plan?
Know the risks, be informed, get prepared!