Be prepared in an emergency

PREPARATION PLAN

Step 1: Be informed
Find out what emergencies might happen in your area, where you might go if you weren't able to go home and how to get information and help in an emergency.

  • identify potential hazards in your area
  • Educate yourself on emergency management plans for your area. Always be proactive about extreme weather or fire warnings and know where to get information about an emergency. 
  • Consider where you might shelter
  • Identify where to get assistance in an emergency

Step 2: Make a plan

Get together with your family and discuss with neighbours what you can do if an emergency happened:

  • create a household emergency plan
  • decide if you should stay or go in an emergency
  • ensure you think about protecting your valuables, including pets and animals
  • think about your financial future
  • do regular checks to make sure you're ready.

Step 3: Get an emergency kit

Put together an emergency kit with everything you'll need if you have to leave your home in an emergency or if you need to stay in your home for an extended period of time. We have a range of useful emergency kits that can assist in an emergency. Some tips:

  • identify the essentials
  • decide on any valuables and keepsakes to include
  • add some games and other entertainment
  • decide an easy plave whereyou can store your emergency kit
  • check your emergency kit is stocked 
  • getting a smaller kit for the car and office is a good idea.

Step 4: Know your neighbours

It's always good to be friendly with you neighbours for so many reasons. It's an important part of preparing your household for emergency. Neighbours can help each other out in an emergency and it really increasing your chances of coping better in the long term.

  • prepare your neighbourhood for emergencies - clear excessive bush, keep drains clear, prevent any obstructions
  • identify elderly or disabled who may need assistance in an emergency
  • share knowledge and work together in an emergency.