If you need to evacuate your home, you may not have much time to prepare so put together a getaway kit or grab-bag and keep it in a handy place in case an emergency happens.
Tailor your getaway kit to your household's needs, including:
Find out more about getting home ready.
While many organisations will help in an emergency, individuals are ultimately responsible for protecting themselves and their property from the effects of disasters. In a catastrophic emergency where bridges and roads are destroyed you will have to rely on your own resources for some time.
Loss of communication can be a scary time, but it doesn't have to be if you are prepared for it.
Keeping in contact with family
During an emergency, your water supply may be cut off or the water coming out of the taps may become contaminated.
Learning how to turn off your property’s water will help prevent damage caused by broken pipes or by contaminated water getting into the hot water cylinder - which may be your best supply of drinking water for a while.
To store bottled water:
In a disaster, you may not be able to get to your doctor or pharmacy for several days - especially if you are evacuated from home. It is wise to ensure you never run low on essential medicines and don't forget to take them with you if you must evacuate.
No emergency services available
During an emergency, there may be a disruption to waste - including to sewerage systems - meaning you can’t use your toilet, and it’s likely there won’t be a kerbside rubbish collection any time soon.
If your home is damaged and you and your family are unable to remain in it, you will need to make alternative arrangements.
The following could provide shelter for you and your family:
Disasters can also be really tough on your pets. Keeping them in mind when preparing for an emergency is the best way to ease stress and pressure if an emergency occurs.