Get your grab bag ready in case of an emergency

Northamptonshire County Council's Emergency Planning team is inviting people to prepare an 'emergency grab bag' in the rare event they need to evacuate their home
Northamptonshire County Council's Emergency Planning team is inviting people to prepare an 'emergency grab bag' in the rare event they need to evacuate their home
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Northamptonshire County Council’s Emergency Planning team is inviting people to prepare an ‘emergency grab bag’ in the rare event they need to evacuate their home.

The team is encouraging families to prepare for an emergency situation such as a flood or a fire by packing some essential items into a bag so they would be ready to leave their home at short notice.

Cllr André González de Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: “We all hope we will never find ourselves in a situation where we have to evacuate our home, but if the worst happens, it’s important to be prepared.

“There are basic essentials we would all need, such as a torch, spare batteries, prescription medication and a phone charger, but many people forget about those harder to replace items like important documents and family photos.

“Having to evacuate your home is an incredibly stressful situation and you’re unlikely to be thinking clearly at such a time, so it’s worth preparing an ‘emergency grab bag’, or at least a checklist, in advance to save you time in an emergency.”

The emergency planning team suggests including the following items:

Contact information for family, friends and emergency services – refer to the Household Emergency Plan.

Toiletries

Medication and prescription details

Identity documents

First aid kit

Torch

Spare batteries

Insurance details

Spare keys

Special items for babies or children

Items for your pets

USB memory stick with a back-up of your computer

Irreplaceable sentimental items

The message is being issued as part of a campaign called Don’t Be A Numpty, which offers advice on staying safe in a range of situations from flooding to heatwaves.

There is a special Numpties video explaining the importance of preparing an ‘emergency grab bag’ and the items that should be included.