In previous emergency situations across the world, telephone systems have become overloaded, particularly mobile phone networks. If you are using the phone to contact people, calls should be kept short, as the emergency services will need the lines for their own use.
It is important to pre-arrange a meeting point where members of your family and those close to you can gather in an emergency if you can't get into your home. You could consider using the house of another relative or family friend or a prominent public building away from the immediate emergency location.
If the police or other emergency services ask you to leave your home, turn off the electricity and water supply at the main switch and take your emergency box with you. For many people their pet is an important member of the household, and it is useful to have thought through what your pet will need.
Dundee City Council has plans for providing shelter for its citizens on a temporary basis at emergency rest centres strategically placed around the city.
When you get to the centre you will be asked to register, by giving your name, address and contact details. This will help staff at the rest centre meet the needs of what could be large groups of frightened or vulnerable people and will help your loved ones to find you and verify your safety. It may take a while to get the information needed, but it is vital that everyone at the rest centre is registered.
In its plans Dundee City Council has made every effort to ensure that the accommodation is comfortable, but it will be communal and may be crowded. It may help you to think about friends and relatives that might be able to put you up on a temporary basis or if your home insurance covers temporary accommodation.
Scottish Government information about emergencies planning can be found on the Ready Scotland website.