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Prepare your emergency kit

It’s a good idea to get prepared well in advance of winter, with an emergency kit containing the right clothing, food and equipment – one for your home, one to keep on you when you’re on the move, and one for your car.

What could I have at home?

How long could you last without power, heat, water and a trip to the shops? Take time now to put a few essential items into a kit that you could easily grab in an emergency:

  • Man shovelling snow© Infolist 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 keeps
  • copies of important documents like 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 could I take on the move?

If you’re on the move, check the weather forecast and pack a few items you might need:

  • suitable clothes for the weather. These could be 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.

Woman looks out of a snowy car© InfoWhat could I have in my car?

  • 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.


 

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