An easy way to prepare for emergencies is to identify ‘emergency friends’:
Emergency friends are people you trust who can provide help when you really need it. You should identify at least one emergency friend who lives nearby and a second one who lives further away.
Here’s how emergency friends can help you.
- Holding a spare house key. You never know when you might lock yourself out, or your pets need feeding if you’re stranded away from home
- Providing a place to stay if you’re evacuated or your home’s affected by flood, fire or utility failure
- Looking after your children or picking them up from school
- Collecting medication If you’re suffering from an infectious disease such as flu
- Safeguarding copies of important documents or pictures
- Acting as a contact point for family members who may be separated in an emergency