Prepare your family

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

Why prepare

A sudden emergency may mean that your home loses power. You could be without electricity for hours, or even days. Some emergencies mean you have to leave your home in a hurry. Sometimes you can't go back for a long time and when you do, your home and belongings could have been damaged.

If you prepare yourself for possible risks, you can reduce the impact on your home and family.

How to prepare

Make sure you:

  • are able to receive emergency alerts and warnings
  • know where you can go
  • know how to contact the rest if your family if you aren't all together
  • know your evacuation route
  • plan a family meeting place
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.


In a flood-risk area it's a good idea to keep a supply of sandbags to protect your home. 

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.

Household emergency action plan

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)