The more prepared you are, the calmer you will be in an emergency. During an emergency authorities may ask you to evacuate your home or workplace or to remain inside the building. These instructions may be from emergency services personnel, other authorities or your building managers.
If you have to leave the building:
- Respond quickly. Leave all non-essential items behind. Having a Go Bag ready will make it easier to take all your important items with you.
- If you have any neighbours who need help evacuating, check on them first.
- If it is safe to do so, take your pets with you. Put large pets on a leash, even if you don't normally use one. If you not have a suitable pet carrier you can carry your cat in a cardboard box with a lid – don't forget to make breathing holes in the box.
- If you need to evacuate immediately, just lock your door behind you. If you have time, turn off electricity, gas and water supplies, unplug appliances and lock all doors and windows. Listen to all instructions from emergency personnel.
- During an emergency it's easy to lose track of family and friends. If you have a personal emergency plan, meeting up again will be much easier.
- In a major disruption, roads may be closed, public transport may not be running and mobile phone networks may be congested.