The Government has produced and distributed a booklet called "Preparing for Emergencies what you need to know". It gives advice on what to do in an emergency, general advice and specific emergencies and lots of useful and important information. Please read this booklet and then keep somewhere safe.


It is advisable to familiarise yourself with any plans or procedures that are in place at your workplace in connection with bomb warnings.

If a bomb goes off in a building that you are in, look for the safest way out and follow the advice of those in charge.

General advice on actions to be taken if you are involved in a bomb incident and trapped in debris:

  • Stay close to a wall, and tap on pipes so that rescuers can hear you.
  • Do not use lighters or matches, in case there is a gas leak.

If a bomb goes off outside a building that you are in, stay inside away from windows, lifts and outer doors just in case there is a second bomb in the area.

If you witnessed the explosion, stay in the area in a safe place and tell the police everything you saw.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) Incident

If you are very near the site of a CBRN incident and think you may have been contaminated, wait for the emergency services to arrive who will provide decontamination facilities.

This will involve showering in a decontamination unit and dressing in temporary clothing which will be provided by the emergency services. it is important this takes place near to where the incident happens. This is so that other areas are not contaminated.

General advice on actions to be taken if you are directly involved in a CBRN incident include:

  • Move away from the immediate area of danger - but wait for the emergency services to arrive who will examine you and if necessary decontaminate you.
  • Do not go home untreated, you could contaminate others and make the incident worse.

If you are not directly affected, general advice to follow is:

  • Go indoors and stay there, bring pets inside.
  • Close all doors and windows and block obvious vents (remember to unblock before switching equipment on again).
  • Switch off air conditioning, ventilation units and fans.
  • Tune into local radio and/or television and listen for local announcements.
  • Do not try to collect children from school unless instructed to do so as they will be looked after.
  • If there is a power cut, turn off all appliances. This is because when the power comes back on if all appliances turn on at the same time it may overload the system.