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Create an emergency kit

When preparing for a possible emergency situation, an emergency kit or 'grab bag' that you can easily take with you is useful.

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency kit

  • Water for drinking and sanitation
  • Food at least three days’ supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries or wind-up radio
  • Torch and extra batteries (or wind up type)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wet wipes, rubbish/bin bags and plastic ties for personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Tin opener for food (if kit contains tinned food)
  • Prescription medications and glasses if required

Additional items for a kit:

  • Infant formula milk and disposable nappies and nappy sacks if required
  • Pet care items if required
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, passports, National Insurance numbers, NHS numbers and bank account records in a waterproof container
  • Cash
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person; consider additional bedding during winter
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved top, trousers and sturdy shoes; consider additional clothing during winter
  • Water purification tablets
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items if required
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil

Make a kit for your pets

Your pet emergency kit should include:

  • Pet food and treats
  • Drinkable water in plastic bottles
  • Can opener for canned food
  • Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers so you can move your pets safely and they can’t escape (remember they may be scared and may act differently from usual)
  • Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
  • The name of your veterinarian
  • All your pets should have an identification tag and collar