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Preventing and Preparing for Emergencies

What can I do?
Advance preparation can help minimise the effects of a major emergency on you and your family.  There are a number of things you can do to prepare: (see the Documents section on this page)

  • Read our Emergency Planning Information brochure.
  • Prepare a household emergency plan using our template 
  • Find out more about your local emergency services
  • Learn about your home -  how to turn off the power and water supplies. Involve your family or household, so they know too.
  • Store important documents safely, and take copies.

In addition, you could learn some basic First Aid - visit the St Johns Ambulance website for more information.

Evacuations can happen at any time, day or night and generally without notice. If you were required to leave your home, what would you do?
Watch our video Evacuation – how would you cope?

Severe Weather – are you ready?
Natures gift is not always pleasant and often surprises people with its effects. Heat, cold and wind can affect individuals, wider communities and the services we access daily.

Watch our Video: Are you ready?

Please see the link to the Flooding page in related pages section.

To report imminent flooding and request drain cleaning, please refer to the Flood Risk Management pages on this site.

To see if your property is at risk from river flooding - refer to the Environment Agency Flooding website ( see external links section on the right hand side of this page

Flooding can have devastating effects. Heavy rain, overtopping rivers and becks, burst water mains and pipes can all cause problems. How prepared are you?
Watch our video: Flooding – how prepared are you?


Roads and travel
Updates about weather conditions, potential icy roads and gritting operations are being posted weekdays during the winter period on the official Leeds LCC press office Twitter feed.
For real time traffic and travel updates for Leeds visit Leeds Travel Info or the Leeds Travel Info Twitter feed.


The most important things to do are to draw up and practice a fire evacuation plan for your home, so you and your family know what to do if there is a fire. 

  • Make sure everyone knows how to call the Fire Brigade by dialling 999
  • Consider alternative routes out of your house in case the fire blocks your normal exits
  • What will you take with you as you escape from the building? Do you have a Emergency grab bag?
  • Where will you all meet?
  • Remember- there is very little time in a fire. There is very little visibility in a fire. There is very little air to breathe in a fire.
  • So get out of the building as fast as you can

Other useful publications
You can find further information in the External links section or in the Documents section.

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