Items to stock from Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Asda as government urges readiness for emergencies

UK residents have been advised to stock up on seven essential items from supermarkets including Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi.

The government is encouraging the public to prepare for potential emergencies by ensuring they have a supply of key items such as canned meat and bottled water. The "Prepare" website suggests households should keep a supply of bottled water, recommending at least three litres per person per day, with a preference for 10 litres for additional comfort in cooking and hygiene.

The advice also recommends storing non-perishable foods that don't require cooking, like canned meat, vegetables and fruit. A tin opener was listed fifth, followed by batteries and wet wipes.

If relevant, individuals are also advised to stock up on pet food and baby food.

"Who can forget the empty supermarket shelves in the early days of the pandemic? ," Oliver Dowden questioned. "And how many of us have since acted so we'd be better prepared if it happened again? If there was a national power outage, how many of us have torches and batteries? ", reports Birmingham Live.

"If the water went off, how many of us have a few bottles stored away? " This new guidance for Brits follows a poll conducted by the London Defence Conference which revealed over 40 per cent of people don't have supplies to last three days.

Only 15 per cent have an emergency kit in their homes. Mr Dowden stated he is personally prepared, adding: "I can assure you that we've got plenty of resilience in the cupboards and we've got some water in the shed."

"And we've got some better battery-powered torches."

Flooding was identified as the most likely threat in the government release, with cyberattacks, disruption to GPS systems, another pandemic, and in extreme cases, potential conflict following behind.

Mr Dowden commented: "Every additional person that takes steps to make themselves resilient means that when a crisis hits, the government can focus more on the people that aren't ready and aren't resilient."

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