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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).

You can find about more about planning for flooding in this Floodline video