In a major emergency, if you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, the best advice is to go inside a safe building, stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise, and tune in to local radio or TV for information.
Of course, there are always going to be particular occasions when you should not ‘go in’, for example if there is a fire, or you are advised differently by the emergency services or your own common sense.
If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, your common sense and instincts will usually tell you what to do. However, it is important to:
• make sure 999 has been called if people are injured or if there is a threat to life;
• not put yourself or others in danger;
• follow the advice of the emergency services;
• try to remain calm and think before acting, and try to reassure others; and
• check for injuries – remember to help yourself before attempting to help others.
If you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is:
• go inside a safe building;
• stay inside until you are advised to do otherwise; and
• tune in to local radio or TV for more information.
In the event of an emergency, the emergency services may wish to evacuate an area. For example, if a major mains gas leak has been detected. If you are asked by the emergency services to leave your home, please do so as this will be for your own safety. In this and similar situations it is likely that a rest centre will be activated.
A rest centre is a place of safety where you will be looked after and provided with your basic needs. Set up and run by the local authorities, with the support of accredited volunteers from various agencies, it will provide you with shelter until you are able to return home.