Good preparation and common sense are the keys to coming through a disaster event. Prepare yourself, your family, your home and your business ahead of the threat of disaster or emergency by developing an emergency plan.
Step 1: Prepare your emergency plan
Take the time to discuss what you and your family will do. Prepare your emergency plan ahead of time. Then, if an emergency threatens, you already know how you will respond because you will have thought through each scenario.
Step 2: Prepare your emergency kit and evacuation kit
Could you survive 3 days without food, water or power?
For many emergencies you may be able to ‘shelter in place', either at home or at work. See out the emergency by relying on items you've included in your emergency kit, and, if necessary, your evacuation kit. You may be instructed to go to an evacuation centre.
So take the time now to prepare an emergency and evacuation kit. Talk with your family and prepare your emergency plan and kits now, well ahead of any impending disaster.
When an emergency happens and you must evacuate, make sure you take your:-
- emergency kit
- evacuation kit
- and emergency plan.
Step 3: Prepare your home, business, pets
In case of an emergency, make the time to:-
Do this now before an emergency happens. Be ahead of time.
Step 4: Tune in, log on, listen out
Make sure you know how to tune into warnings when they are issued and stay informed about current warnings.
When evacuations are necessary, you will be told by the media or by other warning methods. These methods can include:
- telephone calls using the emergency alert system
- an SMS message to your mobile
- a voice message to your landline.
When Standard Emergency Warning Signals (SEWS) are issued you may be directed to:
- Finalise preparations and secure items around your home.
- Activate your emergency plan and ‘shelter in place'.
- Self-evacuate to your pre-determined safer location with family or friends (usually on 'higher ground').
- Evacuate to a council approved evacuation centre.