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Loss of Utilities

Utilities have become essential services which we rely on as part of modern life; they include electricity, gas, water, sewers and telecommunications.

Loss of these services can be caused by fires, flooding, severe weather and accidents. Services could be lost for a few hours, days or weeks depending on the severity of the incident.

Impacts on communities could include:

  • disruption to essential services and activities
  • people exposed to poor sanitation or limited drinking water
  • homes without heating, the ability to cook and/or keep food cold
  • limited telecommunications

What can you do?

Think about how the loss of these essential services could affect your life or business and what plans you could put in place to help you to cope now.  Following are some ideas to get you started:

  • keep a battery powered or wind-up torch or light at home
  • have a battery or wind-up radio in your home
  • have a home phone that doesn't need electricity (not cordless) in order to work
  • keep a list of emergency contact numbers for your utilities companies
  • keep a list of important contact numbers (not just stored in your mobile phone in case the battery runs out)
  • know where the shut-off points in your home are for gas, electricity and water
  • keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours
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