- Check that you have adequate household and contents insurance.
- Find out how and where to turn off power, gas and water supplies.
- Store important documents in a fire or waterproof container or safe deposit box.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers near the phone.
- Decide how your family will share essential tasks, such as collecting children from school and checking on elderly neighbours.
- Arrange for an out-of-town friend or relative to be a contact point.
- Find out whether your local district or borough council has a detailed plan on how they will deal with an emergency in your area.
- Prepare an emergency survival kit (or ‘grab bag’) and keep it handy.
Including pets in emergency plans helps your family’s ability to respond to an emergency. Be prepared, make a plan and prepare an emergency kit for your pet.
Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification. Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up-to-date with the microchip company.