Preparing for emergencies at home

Prepare your home

You can be prepared at home by keeping emergency phone numbers to hand.

Service Phone number
Emergency services 999
Doctor  
Thurrock Council 01375 652 955
Gas, electricity and water  
Insurance details - building and contents  
Landlord details  
Schools and colleges  
Work  
Neighbours  
Out of area contact for friends and family  

There are many things you can do to prepare your home, such as:

  • installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers - you may be eligible for a home assessment visit from Essex Fire and Rescue
  • getting a first aid kit - check and refill it regularly
  • checking the batteries for portable radios and torches
  • making sure your medication is up to date
  • having basic equipment to protect your house if you live in a flooding area - the Environment Agency provides more information about floods
  • checking where you can switch off gas, electricity and water supplies is your home - if the main gas supply to your house is turned off, your gas appliances will need to be checked before they are switched on again