From learning first aid to digging out your wind-up torch in a power cut to thinking about how your pets may cope if you had to leave your home quickly, preparing for an emergency is pretty simple! September is preparedness month, we’ll be sharing with you some top tips from our partners with a different theme each day over on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

#30days30waysuk – Prepared App

From games to social media Apps, you probably have lots of them on your phone but how many of them would be useful during an emergency?

In case of Emergency – it could be the most important app you download today. Designate an ICE contact, it’s an easy way for the emergency services to find the details of your next of kin if you’re unable to tell them yourself.

The NHS uk app allows you to: get general health advice including Coronavirus & check your symptoms.

What3Words provides a unique set of words for every 3m square in the world and is as accurate as GPS coordinates.

#30days30waysuk – Cyber Safe

Cyber breaches can cost organisations £millions, cyber security is the means by which individuals and organisations reduce the risk of being affected by cyber crime. There are some useful resources available to you, whether you are an individual, family or business.

If you run a small business, the National Security Cyber Centre have produced a Small Business Guide, download it here: https://bit.ly/2TENJWl

A good starting point for cyber safety training is adopting the basic measures in the 10 steps to cyber security.

Many of us are now working from home, but how are you managing the cyber risk? https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/home-working

#30days30waysuk – Prepared Pets

Our pets, no matter how small, large, fluffy or scaly are a huge part of our lives.  Emergencies happen without warning and all too often our beloved pets can get forgotten when we start planning for the worst.

As different animals have different needs, it’s useful to think about what you would do with your pet during an emergency where:

  • You may be confined to your home for any length of time
  • You are unable to return home
  • You’re evacuated
  • After an emergency – things may not be the same for you, your family and your home.

What can you do now to prepare?

  • Ensure your pets are microchipped – it’s now a legal requirement
  • Think of where your pet could go? Sometimes a simple discussion with family and friends now could save valuable time and limit stress for everyone.  It’s always useful to find out which family or friends could take care of your pet during an emergency? If any suitable shelters are nearby? If the local Council could support your pet at the local rest centre?
  • Include some pet specific items in your grab bag such as a lead/collar, copy of vaccination records, litter etc

#30days30waysuk – prepared kids

Children can find it difficult to understand what an emergency situation is and what to do if they are faced with one. There are some simple things you can do:

  •   involve them in your planning at home
  • teach them how and when to call 999
  • Let them plan an escape route for home

There are a number of resources available to them.

#30days30waysuk – Kindness

In a World where you cab be anything; be kind.

It can have a big impact on people’s feelings & positivity and is often the simple things that make the difference.  Stuck for ideas? The Mental Health Foundation have produced 50 random acts of kindness to get you started, check them out here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/50-random-acts-of-kindness.pdf

#30days30waysuk – Household Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can happen, there are some simple things you can do such as:

  • Prepare a household emergency plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just ask yourself ‘what if’ and find the answers, think about important contacts, people and escape routes.
  • If you had to leave your home quickly, with no idea of when you would be able to return, would you be able to grab everything you needed? Prepare a grab bag, a bag of essential items such as spare cash, medication, important documents and a torch that you can grab quickly in case you need to leave your home.

#30days30waysuk – safe escape

You don’t know when, or even if, a fire will break out in your home, but you can take steps now. 

Working smoke alarms will warn you of a fire but remember:

  • you’ll only hear them bleep if they’re nearby, fit one on every flood
  • they need to be tested once a week
  • you should replace them every 10 years.

Create a fire action plan with everyone in your household, including a safe escape route from your house. If you live in a high-rise building most of your planning should be the same as ground level however:

  • choose a route that doesn’t involve using the lift
  • count how many doors there are to get downstairs in case you can’t find your way
  • make sure escape routes & fire escapes are clear from obstructions.

Norfolk Fire offer free safety advice, carrying out a home safety check.  To see if you quality, visit the Norfolk Fire website or call 0800 917 8137.

#30days30waysuk – Give Blood

Giving blood saves lives and is a lifeline for people needing emergency treatment.  Over 6,000 blood donations are needed every day to treat patients across England. Most people between the age of 17 and 65 can give blood!  The criteria are as follows:

  • Are aged between 17 and 65
  • Are fit and healthy
  • Weigh over 50kg
  • Are over 70 and have given blood in the last two year.

Before giving blood you will have a health screening to make sure it is safe for you to donate.  Once deemed safe you will then be able to give blood; don’t worry you shouldn’t feel any discomfort.

Log onto the Give Blood NHS website so see if you are able to donate: https://www.blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood/

#30days30waysuk – Medicine Cabinet

Do you have a medicine cabinet or first aid box at home? At your work place? Perhaps in your car?  When was the last time you checked it?

Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet will help you deal with most minor health problems and illnesses at home, here’s a few worth stocking up on: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/your-medicine-cabinet/.  Be sure to refresh medication and supplies, remember if they’re out of date don’t use them!  If you do find anything out of date, don’t throw it down the sink or toilet, take them to your local pharmacy for disposal.

You can find more information here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/your-medicine-cabinet/

#30days30waysuk – First Aid

Did you know only 1 in 20 adults know what to do in a first aid emergency? Together, we can change this.

First aid is quick to learn and knowing just a few simple things could help you save someone’s life!

You never know when an emergency may occur and first aid skills are required. With coronavirus with us, people may be more unsure about stepping forward to help others mostly because of the physical contact. If you’re able to, wear a face mask and gloves and wash your hands after contact with someone.

The NHS website has some information on the items you should keep in your first aid kit at home: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/accidents-first-aid-and-treatments/what-should-i-keep-in-my-first-aid-kit/