Emergency preparedness for people
To be prepared in an emergency, it is recommended each home has a written and practiced emergency plan, kit and an evacuation kit for the family and another for the animals.
An emergency plan should consist of a ‘plan A’ and a ‘plan B’. This ensures your family has two options, should one not be viable at the time. Your plan should address:
- An evacuation route and method. Try to include more than one exit.
- An evacuation meeting point (e.g. the park across the road )
- Where the animals will be evacuated to. Arrange two options such as family or friends in two different locations if possible.
- Have a list of important phone numbers e.g. Police, Ambulance, Friends and family.
- How will you communicate? Use sms texting where possible.
- Should address how often the plan will be practiced
- Should address an evacuation kit
Be aware of weather warnings and on days of extreme weather via the Bureau of meteorology site or ABC news radio http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/listen/frequencies.htm
Be prepared to evacuate. Be aware that during some emergencies, you may be out at work or otherwise and not have access to your home. Discuss your plans with your neighbours and plan to work together to help each other in these situations.
Part of being prepared means that vehicles are maintained and are filled with adequate levels of fuel, so that your family and pets can evacuate safely.