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Emergency kit checklist

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).