A simple plan of what to do in an emergency can make a big difference to how well you and your family respond. Thinking about what you need to do will reduce the response time on the day.

Families can and do cope well with emergencies by preparing in advance and working together. Just like having a first aid kit in your home, having an emergency kit will put the tools you need at your fingertips.

Emergencies kit bag (grap bag)

An emergency kit bag or grab bag should contain essential information and items. It should be small, waterproof, kept in a safe place and be easy to find. Consider including the items below in your emergency kit bag.

  • essential information and telephone numbers
  • first aid kit
  • wind up torch
  • radio and spare batteries
  • details of prescription medicines
  • bottled water
  • spare glasses/contact lenses
  • long life snacks
  • mobile phone charger
  • spare keys to your home and vehicles
  • toiletries
  • money and credit/debit cards
  • infant formula and nappies/wipes
  • whistle
  • pencil and paper
  • important documents/personal identification/insurance details

Taking care of pets

  • have supplies of food available and in your grab bag in case of evacuation
  • take a spare lead and any toys that may help keep your pet calm and occupied
  • ensure your pet is identifiable with a tag or label
  • arrange for friends or relatives to look after them if you cannot
  • remember pets may not be allowed into rest centres so if you have a pet crate available think about taking it
  • carry a photo of your pet to help identify them if separated

Responding to an emergency


Follow instructions given by the emergency services or local authority supported by information included in this plan.

Go in, stay in, tune in
People who believe they may possibly be affected by the incident should follow the standard advice.

Go in - find a safe place of shelter
Stay in - until told what to do next; and
Tune in - check local radio, television and social media for info and advice.

Emergency check list

  • call Emergency Services if required
  • tune into radio for additional information
  • contact householders
  • do children need picking up
  • do you need to activate alternate accommodations
  • if evacuating collect your grab bag

Household emergency plan

Page last updated 22/09/2017