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Prepare your emergency kit

Here’s our guide to all the essential items you’ll need in an emergency, when severe weather strikes – for your home, on the move, and in the car.

What to have at home

How long could you last without power, heat, water and a trip to the shops? Take time now to put these essential items into a kit:

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  • list of emergency contact numbers
  • battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch)
  • battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio)
  • any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
  • three days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat food that won’t spoil
  • copies of important documents, such as insurance policies and birth certificates
  • pencil, paper, penknife and whistle
  • spare keys to your home and car
  • spare glasses or contact lenses
  • if needed, baby and pet supplies.

What to take on the move

Whether you’re travelling by car, foot or any other type of transport, check the weather forecast and pack these items:

  • suitable clothes for the weather, such as winter boots with grips, warm clothing or waterproofs
  • ready-to-eat food, a warm drink in a flask and bottled water
  • mobile phone and charger
  • any essential medication
  • spare glasses or contact lenses
  • cash and credit cards
  • list of emergency contact numbers
  • if needed, baby and pet supplies.

What to keep in the carWoman looks out of a snowy car© Info

Before you set off, make sure you have the following:

  • ice-scraper and de-icer
  • snow shovel
  • map for unplanned diversions
  • blanket and warm clothes
  • first aid kit
  • battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch)
  • battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio)
  • jump leads.