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Home emergency kit

When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency kit:

  • Water: 4 litres (7 pints) of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: at least three days' supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries or wind-up radio
  • Torch and extra batteries (or wind up type)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wet wipes, rubbish/bin bags and plastic ties for personal hygiene
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Tin opener for food (if kit contains tinned food).

Additional items to consider adding to an emergency kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and disposable nappies and nappy sacks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, passports, National Insurance numbers, NHS numbers and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person; consider additional bedding during winter
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved top, trousers and sturdy shoes; consider additional clothing during winter
  • Water purification tablets
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.