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Creating an Emergency 'grab bag'

In an emergency situation you may need to move quickly, so it's important to have a few necessities to hand.

Ideally, prepare a small easy-to-carry bag with essentials and store it in an accessible place ready to go.  At the very least, have an up-to-date check list for things to put into your emergency "grab bag" and know where they are.

The bag contents will vary depending on your needs but may include:

Emergency items:

  • Essential/prescribed medication, plus asthma and respiratory aids
  • Hearing aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Useful phone numbers
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • House and car keys
  • Money and credit cards
  • First aid kit
  • Basic toiletries (eg toothbrush and toothpaste, sanitary towels)

Other essential items (this will vary according to your needs and the weather):

  • Supplies for babies and small children
  • Food, milk formula, drinks you use, food bowls, sterile bottles, sterilising tablets
  • Change of clothing
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Toys, books and activities
  • Food and water (Canned or dried food, snacks, bottled drinking water)
  • Special food needs
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Warm, wind and rainproof clothing
  • Strong shoes for outdoors
  • Waterproof torch and spare batteries (check regularly)
  • Radio and spare batteries (check regularly)
    (perhaps you could consider getting wind-up torches and radios)

Other items to consider:

  • Copies of insurance documents
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes/gel
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Sun hats and sunscreen
  • Rubbish bags
  • Thermos flask

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