Emergency planning

Emergency planning

What if something happens to you, which means you are unable to look after your loved one? You can register an emergency plan, and find our more about how you can prepare for other ‘emergency’ situations.

If the person you look after lives in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough you can register your What If? Plan with us at Caring Together.

Register a What If Plan

You can also click here to find out more about the What If? Plan.

This is a free service funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, to look after adults with care needs during an emergency involving their carer. This is done by getting in touch with your nominated contacts for you, with back-up support available, if essential.

If you live in Norfolk you can click here to see how register your emergency plan with Norfolk County Council, and more about emergency planning in Norfolk.

An emergency counts as any unplanned event, such as:

  • Sudden illness
  • Unplanned admission to hospital
  • Family emergency (e.g. close relative taken ill)
  • Risk to employment
  • Had an accident or car has broken down.

Find out about the emergency planning services for carers available in your area below.

More about emergency planning

For all emergencies where there is a risk to life dial 999 for an emergency response.

You can download our guide to emergency planning for carers here [PDF, 72kB]

Have you thought about an evacuation plan for if there is a fire in the property? Make a plan and share it with the person you care for.

Power cuts

You can receive extra support during a power cut if you register on UK Power Network’s Priority Services Register.

UK Power Networks
Tel 0800 316 3105

Who can receive extra support?

  • If you rely on medical equipment
  • If you have refrigerated medicines
  • If you have a serious or chronic illness
  • If you have a disability
  • If you or someone you care for is living with dementia
  • If you are of pensionable age
  • If you have children under five in your household
  • If you need extra support for a short time period (e.g. If you are recovering from medical treatment).

If you have torches, make sure you know where these are and can be easily accessed.

Equipment breakdown

If you have equipment provided from the hospital, social care, occupational therapist or you have bought it privately from NRS Healthcare, there is a 24/7 team of technicians and engineers who can respond if your equipment breaks down.

Tel 0330 100 0098

Your pets

Who would look after your pet in an emergency? Do you have family, friends or neighbours who would support you?

If there is no one else to care for your pet you can contact Cinnamon Trust

Tel 01736 757900

Cinnamon Trust has a national network of over 17,000 community services volunteers who provide practical help when any aspect of day-to-day care poses a problem.

Page last modified: 24 April 2023