Disaster often strikes quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home.
The likelihood of you and your family surviving a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit plan as on a well-trained Fire and Rescue Service.
The same is true for surviving any other disaster. No matter how well the statutory agencies plan their responses to potential disasters, to ensure the safety of your home and well-being of you and your family, you should prepare now to meet your own basic needs for at least the first 72 hours following a major disaster.
We are planning for potential disasters - are you?
We all hope that a major emergency never happens here. However if it does there is some simple advice that, if you follow, you could minimize the impact it has on you, your family and your home.
If you live in a flood risk area make your own plans to protect your property and valuable possessions.