Go In, Stay In, Tune In

During an incident you may be advised to 'Go In, Stay In, Tune In'. There is an agreement with radio and TV companies that if there is a major emergency or incident they will interrupt programming to give public safety advice and information. You may be advised to evacuate your property or shelter. It is important that you follow the instructions given by emergency services or agencies such as the Environment Agency or United Utilities as such instruction is made to protect your welfare.

Sheltering means that you go indoors tune into local radio and TV and stay there until told by the emergency services or by radio and television that it is safe to go outside.

Go In

  • Go Indoors

If you are away from home, go into a shop or other public building and wait for further instructions.

Stay In

  • Close all doors and windows
  • Go upstairs where possible
  • Extinguish all naked flames
  • Stay in and do not go back outside until told it is safe to do so
  • Have your radio, some snacks and water with you
  • If you have pets, do not go outside to look for them
  • The Police and Education authorities will ensure that children attending schools are safe and properly looked after
  • If you rely on home care, they will not be able to come to you.  Social Services will be informed of your situation and will try to contact you by the phone.  An evacuation might have to be considered.  If you are in immediate danger only, please call the emergency services on 999.

Tune In

  • Tune in to local radio/TV
  • Follow official instructions
  • Limit use of the telephone - keep lines free for emergency use

The BBC has a unique public service role in keeping communities informed.

Only the BBC can reach the whole of the UK at once, through its national radio, television and online channels, whilst fulfilling, a local role in towns and cities through a range of grass root radio, television and online services.

The BBC remains the trusted broadcaster the Nation turns to in a crisis with a successful record as a provider of essential information during emergencies,  Thirty-five million people in the UK tuned into the BBC on September 11, 2001.

In Cumbria during the flooding of January 2005, the BBC Cumbria 'Where I Live' site was able to mirror the emergency information provided on the radio. In the week of the floods, the website received 3.25 million 'hits'.

We can work as a useful conduit when urgent and potentially life-saving messages need to reach as many people as possible, as fast as possible.  Our traditional public service commitment ensures we will be a helpful partner.  The BBC's Regional and Local Services share with you a strong commitment to the communities we jointly serve.

BBC Local Radio is committed to news and information based output and enjoys a close relationship with its listeners.  In a crisis, it is not unusual for a majority of a radio station's community to tune in.

Individual Resilience

It is important that you make yourself aware of any hazards local to your home or place of work which may affect you should an emergency situation arise. The website of your County or local Borough Council will have information about what to do in an emergency in your area. Each County Local Resilience Forum (a group of organistaions which work together to ensure the safety of the population) will also publish a Community Risk Register which will tell you about the potential hazards in your county, how much concern there is about them and what measures are in place to prevent them becoming and emergency.

The best advice is to 'be prepared'. Nobody likes to think about emergencies happening but a little preparation now will be invaluable if an emergency occurs and you are asked to shelter or even evacuate your home. Knowing what to do in advance will make things easier for you, your family and the emergency services. If you live close to a major industrial site or nuclear power station, then you may already receive information from the company - keep this in a place where everyone knows where to access it and make sure you know what is says.

Although the chances of being involved in an emergency are low, the following actions will be key in preparing you for any situation.

Think about the type of emergency that could affect you, your family and your home.

Think about risks and hazards around your home (or even those inside your house) and take action to reduce those risks as far as possible.

Develop a plan for what you will do in an emergency and practice it.
Prepare any equipment, water, food, clothes, medications and contact details that you might need.

Make sure your children also know what to do.

Also consider elderly neighbours and don't forget your family pet.

Remember - it is important not to worry about emergencies happening as they are rare but knowing that you are prepared will reduce any anxiety you may have.