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Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies - Homepage

If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, your common sense and instincts will usually tell you what to do. However, it is important to:

Really, really fast.
Follow the advice of the emergency services, unless that advice is something other than "Run".
Try to remain calm and think before acting, and try to reassure others. Or, trample them in a desperate attempt to flee as the building you're in is consumed by a radioactive cloud.
Check for injuries. Here's a hint: if it's painful, it's probably injured. However, hurting when you pee is probably not an injury related to the incident. But get yourself checked out anyway.
If you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is:


Whoops that isn't the real one - this is
Preparing for Emergencies - Homepage which is nearly as funny.

I think I prefer the first one, especially as this was received within twelve hours of the site going online:

Dear Mr Scott,

Regarding your website, www.preparingforemergencies.co.uk

We run the Government website for the Preparing for Emergencies public information campaign, on www.preparingforemergencies.gov.uk, and are very concerned that the material on your site will confuse people about the sensitive advice and information that we are giving to the public.

This is a very is [sic] serious campaign that should not be trivialised. In the interests of helping people to cope in the event of a crisis or a disaster we would ask that you to take down the site, immediately, and not put it up again in another guise.


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I think my preparations are coming along, what else do I need?


Running shoes?

I see the letter is being treated with the comtept it deserves, as the site hasn't been taken down.

Emergency advice....stay at home & watch TV...sounds like a teenagers dream mandate to me. What are we supposed to do if God forbid, 9/11 happens here? Break out the playstation?

This advice is probably more accurate than the excercise in public relations on the official site!

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