- Keep useful emergency contacts, Estate Office details and personal/medical information on you, for example on a card in your wallet.
- Make a note of all exit routes from your home and neighbourhood.
- Document your two rendezvous points. A foldaway map may come in handy.
- Details of how and where to turn off water, gas and electricity supplies in your home.
- Details of how to tune in to your local radio station.
- Note any pet arrangements in the plan.
Now distribute it
Ensure all household members have a copy of your household emergency plan, contact details and maps as necessary.
If the temperature drops
It is always worth planning ahead and thinking about the preparations that you, your family and your community could usefully make.
Visit the "Get Ready for Winter" page on the Met Office website and the “Keep warm, keep well” page on NHS Choices to view tips on preparing for cold weather.
If it gets very hot
Hot weather can cause heat exhaustion in people and animals. Also, bacteria on food and rubbish develop more quickly in the heat. Find out how to stay safe around the home in hot weather, including keeping cool and taking extra care with food and waste.
Visit the “Heatwave: be prepared" page on NHS Choices for information on how to deal with extremely hot weather.
Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. This disease can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as
anyone over the age of 65
children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
children and adults with weakened immune systems
If you are in any of these risk groups it is recommended you have the flu jab every year - ideally between the beginning of October and early November. You can find more information on the NHS Choices website.
Information on other illnesses
Public Health England and NHS Choices are your best sources of information and advice on how to protect your health and that of your loved ones.
Topical information on Ebola:
UK Government response
World Health Organisation response