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How can I plan for emergencies?

What Can I do?

Emergencies can happen anywhere but the chance of you being caught up in one is low. There are plans at a Local and National level to respond in the event of an emergency. In the unlikely event of you being involved in an emergency situation, there are preparations you can make at home to help yourself, family, friends and neighbours to react safely and quickly.


Be ready to react

Know your area – for example if you live near to a watercourse is your home likely to flood, if you live in an exposed rural area is your home susceptible to power outages? This will help you to think about what you may encounter when faced with an emergency situation.

If you or anyone you know is reliant on powered home medical equipment, a hoist or stairlift for example, ensure you are registered, in advance, on the Western Power Priority Services Register 

  • Know how to turn off Water / Gas / Electricity
  • Know emergency procedures for your child’s school / your workplace
  • Consider how you and your family will communicate – mobile networks may be down and cordless phones need power to charge
  • Get a battery powered / wind up / solar powered radio and a list of local station frequencies so you can find out what is happening – don’t forget spare batteries too!


Prepare a home emergency plan and include an emergency pack. This is just a ready to go bag which contains essential items. If you include bottled water and long life food stuffs, it can be used in the event of evacuation or quarantine at home. If this is not practical for you then you could list items and where to find them in a hurry.

  • Suggestions to go in your ready bag include;
  • Photocopies of important documents such as insurances, passports, drivers licenses
  • A copy of your household emergency plan
  • A list of useful contact numbers e.g. family members, doctors, pharmacy etc
  • A change of clothes per person and warm blankets
  • A list of current medication or in date spares
  • Toiletries / sanitary items / nappies
  • First Aid kit, rubber gloves, antibacterial gel
  • Torch (with spare batteries* if not wind up) / Candles and matches
  • Radio (with spare batteries* if not wind up) and list of local station frequencies
  • Bottled water* and canned / dried / long life foods* 


If you have one, a gas barbecue or camping stove could be utilised for cooking on in the event of power failure. A basic tool kit may also prove helpful.


* remember to check these items at intervals to ensure they are in date!!


Useful links


Western Power Distribution - in event of power outages

Or phone Western Power Distribution emergency number 0800 6783 105

Western Power Priority services 0845 724 0240

National Grid - in event of Gas emergencies

Notts Prepared

UK resilience 

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Met Office


Severn Trent Water Emergency Number 0800 783 4444