No one can predict what’s around the corner, but when the unexpected happens – from a flood or fire, to a local emergency or incident – it pays to be prepared and a little bit of information can go a long way.

This page explains why a household emergency plan is helpful and simple precautions you can take to prepare for a range of situations. 

Why Make a Plan?

Your family may not be together when an incident or emergency arises, so it is important to think about what you would do in these situations and plan just in case.  It may seem unnecessary, but when the time comes you will be grateful that you took the time to plan ahead.

Creating a plan

1.        Discuss family/household plans for emergencies that might affect you and your local area.  Plan together in advance so that everyone in your household understands what to do in different situations, including a fire evacuation plan.

2.        Understand how you will receive local emergency alerts & warnings.

3.        Collect Information - create a paper copy of the contact information you may need.

4.        Pick an emergency meeting place just in case you need one.  Decide on somewhere safe and familiar where you can go to reunite. Make sure the location is accessible to everyone, so think about disabilities and animal friendly locations if you have pets.

5.        Share information - make sure everyone has a copy and keep one centrally at home.

6.        Practice your plan.  It may help to practice your plan, just as you would a fire drill.


Consider the following questions:

·         What are the important contact numbers you might need (e.g. neighbours, friends, school GP, gas, electric and so on)?

·         How will your family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet or landlines don’t work?

·         Do you know how to turn off your gas, electric & water supplies?

·         How can you get local emergency alerts & warnings (e.g. radio or council)

·         How will you let loved ones know you are safe?


Here is a template to help get you started and create a simple household emergency plan.