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Emergencies such as flooding, fires and power cuts can affect us all. There are simple and effective steps you can take to be more prepared.

If an emergency did happen in your area, how would you manage? What about your relatives, friends, neighbours or colleagues – do you know anyone who might need some extra help or support?

The information on this site is designed to help you prepare for emergencies, be more informed about hazards, and get involved in activities to support yourself and your community before, during and after an emergency.

There is also specific advice for disabled persons and carers.

Taking action now will make it easier to manage if an emergency does happen.

Get prepared for emergencies

Find out the simple steps you should take to be more prepared.

Be informed about hazards

Read specific information and advice about a variety of hazards and emergencies – and check the risks where you are.

Get involved in your community

Find out about volunteering and supporting your community. 

Call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger

This site will not be updated with live information during an emergency.

Here are a few simple things you could do now to prepare for emergencies

  1. Find out if you are eligible to sign up to your gas, electricity and water supplier’s Priority Service Registers, so they know that you need additional support, including when there is an interruption to your supply. Ask anyone you provide care for if they are registered.
  2. Set a reminder in your phone or make a note on your calendar to check your smoke alarms at least once a month. You can involve children in the monthly test too. 
  3. Write down important phone numbers on paper such as the number to report a power cut (105) and the numbers of anyone you might want to contact in an emergency. Use our downloadable and printable household emergency plan to record this information in one document. 
  4. Talk to your children about emergencies – teach them how and when to call 999 and what they should do if there’s an emergency, such as a fire at home. 
  5. Check your long term flood risk and sign up for flood and weather warnings.