Make an emergency bag

Use something like an old rucksack to hold items that will be useful if you need to leave the house quickly in an emergency such as a fire or a flood.

The items for each household can vary but may contain some or all of the following:

  • a first aid kit and vital medication
  • copies of important documents in a waterproof bag
  • copies of prescriptions for regular medication
  • a torch (preferably a wind-up torch)
  • a radio (with local stations pre-set)
  • spare batteries if the torch or radio
  • bottled water and some non-perishable emergency foods
  • basic toiletries and sanitary supplies
  • baby or infant supplies
  • spare warm clothes for the winter / sun cream during the summer
  • spare sets of keys for home and car
  • mobile phone and charger
  • spare money and cards
  • notebook with pen and pencil
  • spare contact lenses or glasses
  • a USB with important computer files
  • pet food and a toy
  • any other items that might provide some comfort if you have to leave your home in a  hurry.