Emergency preparedness - PLAN ahead

What's your emergency PLAN?

How prepared are you for an emergency?

Emergencies can strike unexpectedly and cause a significant impact to life and livelihoods. Would you know what to do during an emergency to minimise this impact; how would you react to a flood or a sustained power outage? 

The best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your business, and the community is to PLAN ahead. So that you are ready to act if the time comes. 

P: Prepare

Plan ahead and know what to do in an emergency

Get yourself ready

L: Look out

Check-in on others in your family and the community

Helping others

A: Stay Alert

Follow trustworthy sources of information

Sign-up and follow

N: Act Now

If the time comes, act swiftly and calmly

Emergency response


Prepare yourself

  • Think about the emergencies that might affect you and your household

  • Make a plan for each emergency and make sure everyone in your household knows what to do. For example, do you:

    • have adequate insurance?
    • know where to turn off power, gas, and water supplies?
    • have a list of emergency phone numbers?
    • know how your family will share essential tasks?
    • have an out-of-town friend or relative to be a contact point?
  • Create an emergency kit and grab bag

Find out more about Bedfordshire’s emergency response plan.


Look out for others

  • Sign-up vulnerable or isolated people to the priority services lists. This will help the services responding to an emergency, reach those who may need more support
  • Share the information on this page, so others can prepare
  • Keep an eye out for those in your community who may need extra support and help them prepare 
  • Find out how to become an emergency volunteer


Sign up for the Priority Services Register

Sign up


Stay Alert

  • Follow and sign up for trusted organisations emergency alerts
  • Keep an eye out for advance warnings 
  • Avoid sharing rumours or speculation 


Act Now

If the time comes act swiftly and calmly: 

  • Follow the advice given by emergency services and responders
  • Keep yourself and your family safe


When should I call 111 and 999?

In a life-threatening emergency call 999. If you need medical help fast, but it’s not an emergency, use NHS 111 Online first or call 111.


Call 111  The non-emergency number
Call 999 in all life-threatening emergencies


Is your business prepared for the unexpected?

Emergencies can happen at any time and it's important to be ready, to protect your business, its staff, and your customers. Make sure you PLAN ahead to safeguard both lives and your livelihood. 

Here are some useful links and organisations, to help you prepare: