Do you know what you can do to prepare yourself and your family? Do you know where you could find out what was happening? Would you know what to take if you were evacuated from your home?
The information in these pages will give you some ideas about what you can do. You can also download our Don't Panic - Prepare booklet from this page.
In an emergency you may lose power, gas and water or have to evacuate your home.
The emergency services may not be able to reach you immediately and you may have to support yourself and your family for a time.
An emergency kit of basic essentials stored in your home will help you. Keep a contents list attached to the outside of a kit box or bag indicating items with an expiry date. Remember to replace items before they go out of date. Store the kit somewhere safe and accessible and make sure everyone knows where it is kept.
Some suggestions for the basic essentials you should include in your Emergency Kit include:
Being prepared and being kept informed on developing emergency situations reduces anxiety. Radio and television will be the main means of communicating what is happening and information will also be available on our current emergencies web page.
There is an agreement with radio and TV companies that, if there is a major incident, they will interrupt broadcasting to give public safety advice and information about the incident. They will also advise if a public helpline has been established.
You can also get information by visiting any of the emergency services or the BBC’s Bradford and West Yorkshire web page, where you will find public information on the incident.
BBC Radio Leeds will be one of the broadcasters of emergency service messages. A list of local radio stations serving the Bradford District is provided below.
|BBC Radio Leeds||92.4, 95.3, 102.7 & 103.9FM, 774AM, and DAB|
|Galaxy||105, 105.1 & 105.6FM, and DAB|
|Radio Aire||96.3FM, and DAB|
|Real Radio||106-108FM, and DAB|
|Sunrise||103.2FM, and DAB (Bradford's Asian Community)|
|The Pulse||97.5 & 102.5FM, and DAB (Bradford)|
(Some radio stations may not be able to broadcast emergency messages during the night or at weekends)
If an emergency requires you to evacuate then the Police will organise this. Bradford Council will open and manage a Rest Centre to accommodate and care for you.
If there is time take the following:
Visit our Business Continuity Management page for more information about what you and your business can do to plan-respond-recover.
If there has been an incident in your area which you needed to be evacuated from, for your own safety, you will go to a rest centre.
Telephones will be made available so you can contact friends or relatives if needed
If necessary the Police will receive information on who is here and this will be stored on the Casualty Bureau database held by the Police. If you have any problems informing someone of your whereabouts please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.
Information will be issued around the centre at regular intervals.
An information desk is available to deal with any specific enquiries you may have.
You can ask a member of staff. They will be identified by high visibility jackets, badges or tabards.
If the need arises schools and nurseries will be contacted and arrangements will be made to safely care for the children until you can be reunited.
Following Rest Centre Registration, you are free to come and go as you please, e.g. go to work/school, visit friends, etc.
We would, however be grateful if you can sign out and sign in at the main Rest Centre Reception Desk each time; as it is necessary to know how many people are in the Rest Centre for your safety and administration purposes.
If you have any valuables with you and would like them to be kept safe whilst you are here, please see a member of staff.
All our staff will be happy to help with any queries you might have while you are at the Rest Centre.
Alcohol will not be allowed on the premises at any time and staff reserve the right to confiscate any found. It will be returned when you leave.
Drugs will not be tolerated on the premises and anyone suspected of having them will be reported to the police as a matter of course.