Warning to 'stock up' on seven items from Asda, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl immediately

Householders are being urged to stock up on seven items from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi as well as other supermarkets. The government is urging people to prepare for emergencies.

This includes stocking up on essential items such as bottled water and tinned meat, reports BirminghamLive. It advises, on the 'Prepare' website, that residents maintain a supply of bottled water, suggesting a minimum of three litres per person per day, with 10 litres preferred for additional comfort in cooking and hygiene.

It is also advised that household stock up on non-perishable foods that do not require cooking, such as tinned meat, vegetables and fruit. In fifth spot was a tin opener, with the sixth items being batteries and the seventh were wet wipes. If applicable, people are also told to stock up on pet food and baby food.

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“Who can forget the empty supermarket shelves in the early days of the pandemic?,” Oliver Dowden said. “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?

"If the water went off, how many of us have a few bottles stored away?” The new guidance follows a poll published by the London Defence Conference found more than 40 per cent of people don’t have supplies to last three days.

Only just 15 per cent have an emergency kit in their homes. Mr Dowden said he is personally prepared, however, and added: "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 named as the most likely threat in the government release, followed by cyberattacks, disruption to GPS systems, another pandemic and in extreme cases, a potential conflict.

Mr Dowden 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."

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