Local authorities may call for evacuation from special risk areas where you may be.
When you are told to evacuate, stay calm, listen carefully and follow directions.
- If you are sure you still have time, contact your family to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
- Cut off the water and electricity supply but leave the gas on until the local authority decides otherwise. Only a specialist worker can turn the gas supply back on.
- If you have to decide quickly what to take, take the following with you: medical supplies, emergency items (torch, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water), change of clothes, sleeping bag, mattress and pillow for each family member, keys of your house and car.
- If you plan to drive when there is an emergency, familiarise yourself with the different routes that can be taken when main arteries are impassable.
- Listen to the radio, local stations will provide traffic updates.
- Keep a winter emergency kit in your car. A suitable kit includes: blankets, a torch, shovel, jumper cables, salt or ash for gritting, local road maps, high calorie food such as high malt, sesame seeds, sultanas, dried fruit, cereals, nuts and honey as well as tins of juice.
- Remember to bring your mobile phone and charger. Even if you do not pay, you can always contact the emergency number 112.