UK households warned to 'stock up' on seven items from Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Asda immediately

The government is urging the public to prepare for emergencies by stocking up on essential items such as tinned meat and bottled water.
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Brits have been urged to stockpile seven key items, with supermarkets like Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl, and Aldi being the go-to places for these essentials. The government's "Prepare" website has issued a call for the public to be ready for any emergency by having a stash of necessities such as tinned meat and bottled water.

The site specifically recommends keeping a supply of bottled water on hand, advising at least three litres per person each day, but ideally around 10 litres for added comfort to cover cooking and hygiene needs, reports Birmingham Live.

It also suggests stocking up on non-perishable food items that don't require cooking, including tinned meats, vegetables, and fruits. A tin opener takes the fifth spot on the list, followed by batteries and wet wipes.

Additionally, households with pets or infants should ensure they have an adequate supply of pet food and baby food.

Oliver Dowden reflected on past crises, questioning, "Who can forget the empty supermarket shelves in the early days of the pandemic?". He probed further: "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?".

He continued: "If the water went off, how many of us have a few bottles stored away?". This new advice comes in the wake of a survey conducted by the London Defence Conference, which revealed that over 40% of people lack enough supplies to last even three days.

Moreover, a mere 15% have an emergency kit at home. Mr Dowden assured the public of his own preparedness, stating: "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."

In regards to the government's release which cites flooding as the most probable threat, followed by cyberattacks, disruption to GPS systems, another pandemic and in extreme scenarios, a potential conflict.

Mr Dowden further added: "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."