Ready to evacuate

There may be times when due to an emergency you may self-evacuate, or be requested to evacuate your home eg flooding, fire or a nearby industrial accident. Having items prepared and ready to go will save you time and result in a calm evacuation for you and your family. You may have pre-planned where to go in the event of an evacuation such as to friends or family, but if not you may find yourself heading to a rest centre provided by your local authority (council).

A typical supplies list for evacuating from your home for 72 hours might include:

  • Water for drinking and washing – five litres per person per day in easily carried bottles
  • Food - non-perishable eg canned food (don’t forget the manual can opener!), dried foods and energy bars etc.
  • Eating utensils/dishes/mugs
  • Torch (battery or wind-up) with spare batteries
  • Medication and a first aid kit
  • Washing, shaving and sanitary supplies
  • A whistle (to attract attention)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Cash - small notes (£5 and £10) and loose change
  • Credit and debit cards
  • A copy of your household emergency plan
  • Important documents – insurance policies; wills; birth and marriage certificates; passport; medical records; family pictures, prescriptions etc.
  • Items for your pets eg for dogs, a collar and lead, routine medication, water/water bowl, food/food bowl, poo bags, pet carrier and a favourite toy
  • Weather dependent – raincoat, over trousers and boots, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Change of clothing for each family member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each family member
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