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Emergency kit checklist

Whether you have to stay in or get out, packing a small emergency kit will help you get through. Keep it in a safe place at home where you can reach it easily. Your kit should be kept in a waterproof bag and the top ten things to include are:

  • Your household emergency plan, including emergency contact numbers
  • Battery torch with spare batteries, or a wind-up torch
  • First aid kit
  • Important documents like birth certificates and insurance policies
  • Bottled water and ready-to-eat food that won’t go off. Pack a can opener if needed
  • Spare keys to your home and car
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses
  • Toiletries and details of important medicines
  • Pencil and paper, penknife, whistle
  • Pet supplies

If you have to leave your home, and there’s time to gather them safely, you should also think about taking:

  • Essential medicines
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Spare clothes and blankets
  • Games, books, a child's special toy
  • Pets

If the emergency means it is not safe to go out, the advice is usually to:

GO IN (go indoors and close all windows and doors),
STAY IN (stay indoors),
TUNE IN (to local radio, TV or the internet, where public information and advice from the emergency responders will be broadcast.)

For further advice on being prepared for emergencies please visit the Wales Resilience website.

In Case of Emergency (ICE)

Carrying ICE (in case of emergency) contacts on your mobile phone or in your wallet is a great idea.

You can either:

  • Store the word ICE in your mobile phone's address book, with your emergency contacts' telephone numbers next to it. There are also free ICE apps available for your mobile phone; or
  • Write ICE on a piece of card with your emergency contacts' details on it, and carry it in your wallet or purse.

Page updated on: 03/05/2016

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