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Emergency kit checklist

Packing a small emergency kit and keeping it in a safe place at home will stand you in good stead in a wide range of emergency situations. Your kit should be kept in a waterproof bag and it should include:

  • Your household emergency plan, including emergency contact numbers.
  • A battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch)
  • A battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio)
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
  • Three days' supply of bottled water and ready to eat food (that won't go off)
  • Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates, in case you need to locate these quickly or prove your identity
  • Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
  • Spare keys to your home and car
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses

Think about what else is important for you and your family to get by during an emergency, e.g.

  • Pet supplies
  • Food supplies
  • Formula/baby food