Packing an emergency kit

In case of emergency, you’ll want to be prepared with a pre-packed kit with the essentials.

Things to include in your emergency kit:

  • Enough water in clean sealable plastic containers for all members of the household or workplace for 72 hours
  • Candles and matches
  • Torches with new batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Heavy rubber gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic sheeting/ waterproof bags
  • Spare house, business and vehicle keys
  • Cash/credit cards and key documents including your will, passports, birth/marriage/death certificates, insurance policies, immunisation and medical records and tax and bank details stored in waterproof bags/containers
  • Non-perishable food
  • Essential medicines, prescription glasses, denture needs, etc.
  • Non-electric can-opener
  • Warm clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Baby needs, e.g. nappies, wet wipes, formula, bottles, medications, etc.
  • Pet needs, e.g. food, medication, leash, muzzle, cage, etc.
  • Any sentimental items
  • Mobile phone (you could also include any easily transportable computer devices such as iPads and small laptops - don't forget extra batteries and portable or mains chargers)

Additional business specific items for your emergency kit:

  • Business continuity plan
  • Evacuation plan
  • Building site plan (useful during recovery operations)
  • List of employee contact details
  • Emergency services contacts
  • List of customer and supplier details
  • Product lists and specifications
  • Latest stock and equipment inventory
  • Insurance policies
  • Financial and banking records
  • Back-up data on USB and memory sticks or external drives
  • Security codes

This page provides general advice that CGU Insurance has sourced from emergency services.  For up-to-date and specific advice relating to the risks in your area please speak to your local council or emergency services.