Whether you have to leave your home or just stay put for a few days, packing a small emergency kit and keeping it in a safe place will stand you in good stead in a wide range of emergency situations - for example if your home is at risk of flooding, if you would be particularly vulnerable during a power cut, or could be cut off from shops by severe snow.
Keeping a kit in your car can also help in case you are caught up in severe weather while on the move.
Your home kit could 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)
- A 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)
- Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
- Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates
- 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
You might also wish to consider keeping some parts of the kit together in a waterproof bag, in case you need to leave your home without notice (for instance you live in an area of known flood risk).