Look out for others
Remember some people may need more help than others
In an emergency, some people are more vulnerable than others - the elderly, very young or disabled, for instance.
Always consider your family and yourself first. But it’s also important to help your friends and neighbours where you can. Just checking that they’re well, providing extra blankets, collecting supplies or even having a chat could make a world of difference.
Have 'emergency friends'
An easy way to prepare for emergencies is to identify ‘emergency friends’.
Emergency friends are people you trust who can provide help when you really need it. You should identify at least one emergency friend who lives nearby and a second one who lives further away.
Here’s how emergency friends can help you:
Holding a spare house key. You never know when you might lock yourself out, or your pets need feeding if you’re stranded away from home.
Providing a place to stay if you’re evacuated or your home’s affected by flood, fire or utility failure.
Looking after your children or picking them up from school.
Safeguarding copies of important documents or pictures.
Acting as a contact point for family members who may be separated in an emergency.
Make sure all your family knows who your emergency friends are, and note them in your household emergency plan.
Don’t forget - you can be someone’s emergency friend, too. Have a chat to identify all the ways you can help each other.
Emergency information schemes
It can be vital to have medical and personal information accessible in an emergency. There are various ways of doing this. Here’s a couple:
Medical ID bracelets - available from retailers.
Message in a Bottle scheme - contact your local Lions Club for more information.
Storing your medical information on the emergency section of your mobile phone.