Prepare your family

Protect yourself, your family and home before an emergency takes place

Why prepare?

You should take steps to make your household more resilient to an emergency. In an incident your home may lose power for hours, or even days. Some emergencies might mean you need to leave your property at short notice, and perhaps not return for some time.

How to prepare

Make sure you:

Guidance on preparing for emergencies

Stay informed about emergencies


Get insurance for your home and contents, making sure it covers everything you need. You may need further advice on flood insurance if you live in a flood-risk area.

Protecting your home from flooding

In a flood-risk area it's a good idea to prepare your property for flooding.

Emergency pack

An emergency pack contains items that may help you if you lose power or have to leave your home. Have the pack ready and accessible to help you save time and worry.

Evacuation checklist

An evacuation checklist is a reminder of what you will need to take with you if you have to leave your home in a hurry.

Your emergency pack could contain:

  • battery-powered radio with local radio stations marked
  • torch
  • spare batteries
  • first aid kit
  • essential contacts, such as family members and doctor’s surgery
  • bottled water or canned drinks
  • evacuation checklist

Your evacuation checklist could contain:

  • your emergency pack
  • warm clothes and blankets
  • essential medication and items such as glasses
  • baby food and nappies
  • wallet and bank cards
  • mobile phone and charger
  • home and car keys
  • toiletries and sanitary supplies
  • carrier and collar or lead for your pet(s)