Prepare an emergency kit

Be ready to cope with a crisis

Having the right kit is essential in an emergency. Here’s what to have ready in your home, on the move and in your car.

Emergency home kit

  • A list of emergency contact numbers. This should be a paper copy, in case your mobile phone loses power.
  • A 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 and a first aid kit.
  • Three days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat food that won’t go off.
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance policies and birth certificates. Keep these in a waterproof bag.
  • Pencil, paper, penknife and whistle.
  • Spare keys to your home and car.
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses.
  • Baby and pet supplies if needed.

Emergency kit on the move

  • Check the weather forecast and pack suitable clothes.
  • 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.
  • A list of emergency contact numbers. This should be a paper copy, in case your mobile phone loses power.
  • Baby and pet supplies if needed.

Emergency car kit

  • Ice scraper and de-icer.
  • Snow shovel.
  • A map in case you need to find your way around 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.

More help and advice

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