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If an incident occurs, you may need to stay inside or possibly leave your home. Do you know what you'd need?
There are several things you can do to make sure you’re prepared at home.
You'll have the information and equipment you need to hand, whatever the situation. This kit is useful whether you're asked to leave or stay in your home. This could include:
In your Household Emergency Plan it is useful to think about things like:
You can register for a priority service scheme with your utility company if you have particular needs because of your:
You can register with:
If you have elderly relatives or neighbours who might need help during a power or water outage, make sure to check on them.
The Met Office have advice on how to keep your home warm.
Head to Home Energy Scotland for information and support on how you can insulate and/or improve the efficiency of your home heating system.
If you live in an area that's likely to flood, you may want to consider installing flood protection on your property. The Scottish Flood Forum provide advice and support for communities at risk of flooding.
Register to SEPA’s Floodline direct warning service to find out if you can receive Flood Alerts and/or Flood Warnings for your property. You will be given the quick dial number for the Flood Alert and/or Flood Warning area that relates to your registered property.
It's also useful to find out and be aware of:
If an incident occurs and you need to leave your home
In certain situations, you may be asked to leave your home by the emergency services. This is unlikely but it's something you need to be prepared for. If this happens, leave as quickly and calmly as possible. If you have time, try to:
Please refer to the ‘What to do in an incident’ section above for more advice on what to do during an incident.
When you reach your temporary location
Returning home after an incident
You'll be told by responders when it's safe to return home. When you get home, open your windows to let in fresh air. You can then begin reconnecting gas, electricity and water supplies.
Be prepared for any future incident
For advice on what you can do to prepare you and your family for an emergency/incident, please read our Ready at Home page. The Scottish Government's 'Ready Scotland' website also provides useful advice on this.
Please remember there are procedures in place for (most) emergencies, so the key is not to panic or overreact.