How to protect yourself in the event of a large scale emergency
The Government has worked with the Emergency Services to produce advice for householders on what to do in the event of an emergency. This advice was published in the booklet "Preparing for Emergencies". The Preparing for Emergencies booklet was sent to every household in the UK in August 2004.
The Government and Emergency Services recommend that if you become involved in an emergency situation you should follow these simple rules:
- If an emergency occurs, alert the emergency services by dialling 999
- Do not put yourself or others in danger
- Always follow the instructions given by the emergency services
- Try to remain calm, think before acting, and reassure those around you
- Check for injuries to yourself and several others, always attend to yourself first before helping others
The emergency services will provide assistance and advice depending on the nature of the emergency. If you are not involved in the incident, but are close by, or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is:
"- Go in, stay in, tune in - "
If an emergency occurs:
- Go into a safe building such as your home or school
- Alert the emergency services by dialling 999
- Stay in the safe building until the emergency passes, or until you are instructed to leave by the emergency services
- Tune into BBC GMR radio on 95.1 FM or 104.6 FM for up to date information on the current situation
Additional Government advice on what to do in an emergency can be found at: Preparing for Emergencies (external site)