Being Prepared


Emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night and strike without much warning. Whether its flash flooding, severe gales, heavy snow or major fires, it vitally important that you know what you should do if you get caught up in these emergency situations.


That is why we would like you to take a few minutes just to figure out what you should if you find yourself in the middle of an emergency. You should consider the following:


  • Make sure 999 has been called if people are injured or if there is a threat to life
  • Do not put yourself or others in danger
  • Follow the advice of the emergency services
  • Try to remain calm and think before acting and try to reassure others
  • Check for injuries – remember to attend to yourself before attempting to help others
  • If you are not involved in an accident but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is: GO IN, STAY IN, TUNE IN to BBC Radio Lancashire 103.9, 95.5 or 104.5FM

To prepare for an emergency, you should take time to find out:

  • Where and how to turn off water, gas and electricity supplies in your home
  • The emergency procedures for your children at school
  • The emergency procedures at your workplace
  • How your family will stay in contact in the event of an emergency
  • If any elderly or vulnerable neighbours might need your help
  • How to tune in to your local radio station



If you are at home and an emergency happens, try to gather together:

  • A list of useful phone numbers, such as your doctor’s and close relatives’
  • Home and car keys
  • Toiletries, sanitary supplies and any regularly prescribed medication
  • A battery radio, with spare batteries
  • A torch with spare batteries, candles and matches
  • A First Aid kit
  • Your mobile phone
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Spare clothes and blankets
  • Bottled water, ready-to-eat food (e.g. tinned food) and a bottle/tin opener, in case you have to remain in your home for several days