What you need to do to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency including what essentials you will need to pack in your emergency kit.
Its important to have a discussion with your family on what you would do in the event of a fire/ flood or other natural disaster event before the actual event takes place.
Its important to discuss the following.
How will you access emergency alerts and messages and monitor events?
The best way of receiving event alerts and updates is via radio. ABC broadcasts hourly updates, more if needed in the local area to keep you informed. In many cases Emergency Services will call the radio station directly. Radio is also the failsafe method of receiving these reports when power is cut and networks are down which often happens during natural disasters.
Make a list of radio frequencies of the local ABC and Community radio stations, so you know where to listen. You can find our guide here
In an emergency dial 000. Access to 000 is available on all mobile networks regardless of which network you use. Roaming arrangements are in place so you can use any available network.You can even dial 000 on a phone with no SIM.
Download the “Emergency +” app onto your phone. Do this before any emergency and take note of your GPS location. You might need this for emergency services if they have to find you. The Emergency + App wont work without mobile phone coverage.
Tune in to your local radio, local ABC/emergency broadcaster frequency. You may want to consider a solar powered or battery operated radio because power is often the first thing to go in emergency situations.
If you still have internet keep an eye on the BOM app and investigate your local Flood/ natural disaster and fire apps like the Rural Fire Service “Fires Near Me” App.
If you are driving, keep updated on road conditions and closures by checking the NSW Transport “Live Traffic” App. There are similar Apps in most states.
At what point would you leave your home?What will be your sign to leave? It could be smoke or fire in your area, lightning and heavy rain or floodwater approaching your property.
Where will you go? Where is there a meeting place that’s safe and away from the disaster area? It might be a friend or relative’s place, or even a shopping centre. Most regional towns have a designated “safe place”. Most local council or community associations have a designated “Safe Place” for residents to go in an emergency.
Find out where your “Safe Place” is located.
What will you take? What would be your essentials you would like to take with you if you were forced to leave your home
Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared and ready to grab when needed. Unfortunately you don’t need an emergency kit until you really do.
PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY KIT.
Pack a backpack with the following supplies and keep it somewhere safe that is easily accessed when needed.
Storing items in airtight plastic containers and sealer bags will help keep your belongings dry and in good condition both while in storage and during the emergency situation.
Here is a list of your essential items to pack.
- Personal medication
- Bottled water. Allow 2L per person per day minimum.
- Food, non perishable, as required..
- Manual can opener
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Cash- if the power is out then the ATMS wont work.
- Phone “power bank”. Make sure it is changed at all times.
- Extra batteries for your flashlight
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks to help filter contaminated air- P2 masks are best for dust and smoke.
- Toilet paper, moist towelettes etc for personal sanitation
- Local maps
- Sharp knife (penknife)
Repack expired items as needed and re pack/ check your emergency kit every year.
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