How to prepare for emergencies

Ready for anything

Hertfordshire remains a safe county in which to live and work. Hertfordshire Resilience, the county’s emergency planning forum, work to prepare for large-scale emergencies and is inviting residents to think about simple things they can do now to prepare for an emergency such as severe weather, flooding and widespread influenza.

The Ready for Anything leaflets includes useful tips, advice and contact information, including:

  • what to have in your home and car in case of an emergency;
  • the effects of flooding and how to prepare;
  • vulnerable customer schemes offered by utility providers;
  • fire safety checks;
  • a Carers’ Emergency Scheme for those who care for others or receive some form of care.

For a copy see the link on the right, visit your local library or call 01992 555961.

Prepare for emergencies now

  • Have emergency check list items in your home and consider putting these items in a bag you can grab easily if you have to leave your property in a hurry. For example a wind-up radio and torch.
  • What about our four legged friends and other pets? Think about how you would look after your pets if you had to leave your home in an emergency. Would they be safer at home or could friends or relatives look after them? If you are evacuated and take your pet with you, what else will you need to take? Consider making a pet plan now with the help of our handy guide ‘How to care for your pets in an emergency’.
  • Make copies of insurance documents, passports and financial arrangements and keep them somewhere safe where they can be accessed quickly without putting yourself at risk. Most libraries have a photocopier you can use.
  • The emergency services will tell you if you have to leave your home. Follow their instructions carefully and take your medication, address book, keys and some money with you.
  • Listen to local radio stations for advice from the emergency services. See link below for a list of stations.
  • Familiarise yourself with the procedures for switching off gas, electricity and water supplies.
  • In your car have a torch, blanket, food, a bottle of water and mobile phone.

For more detailed tips and advice use the links on the right,  HCC – prepare for emergencies and Gov.uk  - search for  Preparing for Emergencies.