What else can I do?

Learn first aid

Anyone can learn first aid. Classes are available from St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and West Midlands Ambulance Service. See their websites for downloads and resources on their courses. You can request a free first aid guide from the St John ambulance website.


Know how to shut off your utilities

  • Gas - gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a number of fires following a disaster.
  • Electric - sparks can ignite leaking gas and cause an explosion following a disaster.
  • Water - this can become a precious resource especially following disasters.

It is essential that all household members know how to turn off the utilities in case of an emergency.


Household emergency plan

  • Discuss the kind of emergencies that could happen, e.g. a major power failure.
  • Keep supplies of tinned food, bottled water, candles and matches, in case you are unable to leave your home.
  • Do you, your family or neighbours need extra help due to vulnerability or disability? Think now about who could help.
  • Identify possible exit routes from each room in your home.
  • Agree a couple of alternative meeting points for you and your family if you can’t meet back at home.
  • Make sure you know where to turn off the electricity, gas and water supply.
  • Develop your own emergency contact list and remember to include a family member or friend who lives out of town, and is unlikely to be affected by the same emergency.
  • Remember to share your plan with your family and, twice a year, read, review and discuss it!

Plan for the unexpected

View our information booklet for tips and checklists for being prepared.


West Mercia Community Risk Register

This is designed to help people understand the risks that could occur where they live, so that they can think about how they can be better prepared. View the West Midlands prepared website for more information.

Visit the West Mercia Police website to find out more about the Community Risk Register.

Last updated: 9.00am on Friday 15 March 2019

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