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What to expect if you are alerted by the police

If you are alerted to an incident by the police it is likely that you will be asked to stay indoors and close outside doors and windows.

If the police do ask you to leave your home:

  • Please follow the instructions the police issue. Their prime responsibility is your safety and they will know more than you do about the level of danger.
  • Switch off gas and electrical appliances, and put out coal burning fires.
  • If there is time, take warm clothing, special food for babies and any medicines you may need.
  • Make provision for any pets, do not leave them in the house alone.

It is likely that the Police will probably ask you to go to a rest centre. If you decide to go anywhere else it is important to let them know so that you can be accounted for.