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How safe is your home?

A short animation from the Emergency Planning College to help you consider how safe your home is and how prepared you are for an emergency.

How safe is your home; what would happen if you had an emergency? As you watch this short animation we would like you to think about how safe your home is.

Your task:

Part 1: Walk through your home and consider it as if you were a safety expert.

  • What needs changing?
  • What needs to be in place to prevent emergencies? (e.g. fire alarms/security)
  • What needs to be done to ensure your home can survive/adapt? (e.g. lift power sockets higher, add flood defence doors, drainage, water course/ditch management)

Let’s look at how you can prepare yourself, your family and your community for response and recovery.

The initial response will be chaotic whether you’re together or separated.

Part 2: Think about how you would meet and where you would meet up.

  • How would you communicate if there is no communication – could you leave a message with someone?
  • How would the children cope, how could you support them?
  • How would elderly or vulnerable adults cope? What would be their needs and how could you support them?

Part 3:

Having considered parts 1 and 2 and watched the animation, review this Government guidance on Preparing for emergencies and then list the actions in your Emergency Plan in the Home Escape Plan section.

Then consider how you will share this with others. Will you give some a copy and would you do a walk through with others? If you have children you might like to look at these resources for children.

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Staying Safe: How to be Prepared in the Modern World

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