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What to do in an emergency

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Go in, Stay in, Tune in

In a major emergency, if you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, the best advice is to go inside a safe building, stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise, and tune in to local radio, TV or social media for information.

Of course, there are always going to be particular occasions when you should not 'go in', for example if there is a fire, or you are advised differently by the emergency services or your own common sense.

If you do find yourself in the middle of an emergency, your common sense and instincts will usually tell you what to do. However, it is important to:

  • Make sure 999 has been called if people are injured or if there is a threat to life
  • Not put yourself or others in danger
  • Follow the advice of the emergency services
  • Try to remain calm and think before acting, and try to reassure others
  • Check for injuries - remember to help yourself before attempting to help others

Leaving your home in an emergency

In certain unlikely situations, you may be asked to evacuate your homes by the emergency services. If this happens, leave as quickly and calmly as possible.

If you have time:

  • Turn off the electricity, gas and water supplies
  • Unplug appliances
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Take your Emergency Grab Bag
  • If you leave by car, take bottled water and blankets
  • Tune in to local radio or social media for advice and instructions
  • Check your next-door neighbours have been warned
  • Do not attempt to collect children from school. Their teachers and the police will ensure they are safely looked after and that you are families are reunited when it is safe to do so.

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