Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Severe weather and flooding can affect our daily lives and cause widespread disruption to transport, communication and utility services. This guide provides valuable information on preparing for these events.

Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not together? You can help by passing this information to family and friends or sharing them on social media with your followers.

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How To Prepare For Severe Weather

For Your Car:

  • Ensure a full tank of fuel before setting off
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Folding shovel with sheath
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Battery-powered torch and extra batteries
  • Spare warm clothing and blankets
  • Food and a flask with a hot drink
  • Medications (5-day supply minimum)
  • Well-stocked first aid kit
  • Sack of sand (or cat litter) for tyre traction
  • Compass and local/regional road maps
  • Family and friends' emergency contact details

For Your Home:

  • Battery-powered AM/FM radio
  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare)
  • Bottled water (one gallon per person daily)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Medications (7-day supply minimum)
  • Well-stocked first aid kit
  • Battery-powered torch and extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Extra cash (ATMs may not work)
  • Map of your local area and Essex
  • Details of local emergency rest centre
  • Homeowner/rental insurance information
  • Family and friends' emergency contact details
  • Copies of personal documents
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