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Updates for residents and businesses

Major Emergencies

Preparing for an emergency

Planning for an emergency is never easy as no one can predict what might happen. Torridge District Council prepares contingency plans, and organises training working alongside various agencies, Devon County Council and the emergency services.

How to prepare

Being prepared for an emergency ensures that you can deal more effectively with the incident. Follow these useful steps:

  • Make a list of all your important contacts - family, friends, GP, local hospital, schools, medication, utilities, insurers, vets, and keep it in your wallet or handbag.
  • Arrange for a family member or friend to be the contact point in case you become separated in an emergency.
  • Make up an emergency pack

Home emergency pack:

  • Torch
  • Spare batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Copy of your contact list
  • Bottled water/drink
  • Battery powered radio
  • Matches

Car emergency pack:

  • First Aid kit
  • Warm blanket/clothing
  • Mobile phone & charger
  • Pet carrier/lead/collar (if you need to take pets with you)
  • If applicable nappies/baby food
  • Waterproof coat
  • Wellington's
  • Make sure you know how to turn off the gas, electricity and water supplies.
  • Make sure you know how to tune your radio to the local radio station, so that you can listen for advice or information during an incident.
  • Check your insurance is up to date.
  • If you live in a flood area keep a stock of empty sandbags and sand.(To find out more you can contact the Environment Agency)

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