How to Help Yourself
There are many things that you can do to help yourself in
an emergency. The different information below shows you
various things you can do to make sure you are prepared and
ready whenever an emergency may occur.
Preparing for Emergencies Guide - What you need to
know (PDF 1.8 MB) is also a helpful source of advice.
Family Emergency Plan
Prepare your family by creating a family Emergency Plan.
Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home
when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should
address the following:
- Escape Routes.
- Family Communications.
- ICE Number (Incase of Emergency)
Identifying a person to be contacted in an emergency by entering
them as 'ICE Mum - 07##' will enable a stranger to know who to
contact in an emergency.
- Utility shut-off and safety.
- Insurance and vital records.
- Special needs - e.g. medication
- Caring for animals.
- Safety skills.
Download a Guidance Leaflet
for residents in emergencies including flooding, fire and severe
weather (PDF 2.4 MB)
Preparing a Grab Bag
Have you ever been in an everyday situation where you had wished
you brought something with you because it would have been
In the event of an evacuation, there will be very little time to
think about what you may need and it is therefore important to
pre-empt the possibility of being evacuated and the conditions you
will be exposed to.
We therefore encourage residents to make their own emergency
grab bag which is prepared in advance, kept as near to the front
door as possible and taken with you should the need arise. An
example of what you may want to put in the bag is given
- A copy of your Family Emergency Plan.
- Details of regular prescription items for your family.
- Useful telephone numbers e.g. friends, family, insurance,
doctors, utilities, etc.
- Mobile phone and charger.
- Important documents e.g. passport, birth certificates,
- First aid kit.
- Bottles of water.
- Wind up or battery powered radio and spare batteries.
- Torch and spare batteries.
- Notebook and pen.
- Essential keys e.g. house, car, etc.
- Special items e.g. glasses / contact lenses, items for babies /
children / elderly / disabled.
- Cash, debit / credit cards.
- Non perishable food (cereal bars etc).
- Supplies for very young children or pets.
This list is not exhaustive
and can be tailored to the individual's needs.
Learning basic first aid techniques can help every day, not just
in an emergency.
Taking a short amount of time to learn the basics now could help
to save a life. The British Red Cross and St John
Ambulance provide training in basic First Aid.
There are always some preventive steps
we can take to lessen the impact of an emergency event occurring or
to deal with the disruption that will arise.
Some of the actions individuals and
organisations can take to ensure they are properly prepared are
Find out about the steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting
flu and help the spread of the virus.
For health services visit www.worcestershirehealth.nhs.uk.
Know what to look for; what are the key signs, and what to do in
order to help guard against the risk of terrorism.
You can prepare your property for flooding by adapting the building
to try to prevent flood water getting in and damaging walls, floors
and contents. You can also make improvements so that even if
flood water gets into the building, it causes less damage and makes
drying-out and cleaning faster and easier.
For flooding alerts visit visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and
weather advice visit www.metoffice.gov.uk
Find out simple steps to protect you and your family from fire:
This page was last reviewed 10 March 2014 at 14:38.
The page is next due for review 6 September 2015.