Pass on any warning to neighbours, and check on the elderly and disabled, if it's safe to do so. Try to limit your telephone calls.
You may find it useful to keep the following items in your home in case of emergencies:
You may be asked to stay indoors and close outside doors and windows.
If the police or fire service ask you to leave your home please follow their instructions. Their prime responsibility is your safety and they will know more than you about the level of danger.
They will probably ask you to go to a rest centre. If you decide to go anywhere else, let someone know so you can be accounted for.
If there is time, take warm clothing, special food for babies and any medicines you may need.
Remember to switch off gas and electrical appliances, and extinguish any coal burning fires.
An air crash may cause disruption to transport links, utilities and other services, particularly mobile telephone systems. Stay away from the area and restrict telephone calls.
A burning aircraft releases toxic fumes and may explode, so you must:
What to do in the event of toxic gas or radioactive clouds.
Do not go outside until you are told that it is safe to do so. With radiation everything will look normal and you will not see, smell or feel anything different.
Do not use rainwater - it may look normal but could be dangerous to drink or wash with.
Do not use leafy vegetables or difficult to wash produce.
Do not try to collect your children from school unless told to do so. They will be looked after and the correct action taken.
Pets should be kept under cover, but do not go looking for your cat or dog if it is out when the emergency is announced. They can be cared for when the emergency is over. Do not touch any animals that have been outside.
If you need to go back to a restricted area to feed or care for live stock or horses contact the police, who will make the necessary arrangements.
Listen for public announcements on local radio stations, television or loudspeakers. Official public service social media channels will also give you up to date information. You will be told when it is safe to go outside and what other actions to take during the emergency.
Please keep telephone systems free for use by the emergency services, unless the call is absolutely necessary. Emergency services might need to contact you to issue instructions.
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