Have you got an emergency grab bag?

Whether you have to evacuate your home due to flooding or as a result of another emergency you may need to leave it quickly.

You’ll probably want to take a few necessities with you. Have you considered preparing a small easy-to-carry bag with essentials and store it in an accessible place ready to go?

Or making sure you have an up to date check list for things to put into your emergency 'grab bag'.

The bag contents will vary depending on your needs but here are a few suggestions from our Emergency Planning Team.

Download and print the Emergency Grab Bag List

Emergency items

  • Essential / prescribed medication, plus asthma and respiratory aids
  • Hearing aids
  • Spectacles / contact lenses
  • Useful phone numbers
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • House and car keys
  • Money & credit cards
  • First aid kit
  • Basic toiletries e.g. toothbrush and toothpaste, sanitary towels

Other essential items can vary according to your needs and the weather, but may include:

  • Supplies for babies and small children
  • Food, formula and drink
  • Change of clothing
  • Nappies

Toys, books and activities

  • Food and water
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Special food needs
  • Canned or dried food
  • Can opener

Clothing and Equipment

  • Wind and rainproof clothing
  • Strong shoes for outdoors
  • Waterproof torch and spare batteries, remember to check them regularly
  • Radio and spare batteries, remember to check them regularly
  • You could consider getting wind-up torches and radios

Other items to consider

  • Copies of insurance documents
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes / gel
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Sun hats and sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Rubbish bags
  • Thermos flasks
  • Pet supplies