What's your emergency survival plan?

Disasters will happen. Natural disasters are inevitable, unpredictable and have the potential to significantly impact your community.

In the last three months, we’ve seen it all: the catastrophic bushfire warnings, the torrential rain with flash flooding and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planning now can save you, the lives of your family members and the lives of others including your pets. Let’s take a look at the simple steps you can take to reduce the impact.


Know the risks

The type of risk and level of impact is different for everyone. It is important to contact your local council to find out about your risk and the history of events in your local area. Find out:

  • What disasters could happen?
  • When disasters can occur?
  • Where a disaster might happen?
  • How severe it could be?
  • Would you be affected?


Have a plan

Get the whole household together and discuss your plan.

If you leave early:

  • When will you leave?
  • Where will you go? How will you get there?
  • What will you take?
  • Who can you call to tell you’re leaving and that you have arrived safely?
  • What is the backup plan?

If you decide to stay:

  • Do you have all the equipment you need?
  • Do you know what to do before, during and after?
  • Do all members of the household know what to do in all situations?
  • What is the backup plan?


Pack an emergency kit (NSW SES)

You should keep your kit in an accessible location, in a waterproof container or a bag that’s big enough to add extra items.

Your emergency kit contents:

  • Portable radio with spare batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Fully charged portable charger or power pack
  • First aid kit (with supplies necessary for your household)
  • Candles and waterproof matches
  • Important papers including emergency contact numbers
  • Copy of any Home Emergency Plans
  • Waterproof bag for valuables

If you have to evacuate, make sure you add medication, food and water, clothing and footwear, as well as chargers.


Be Aware

Keep a copy of emergency phone numbers to call anywhere with easy access.

Life threatening emergency – Triple Zero (000)

Bushfire – NSW Rural Fire Service (1800 679 737)

Flood, Storm and Tsunami – NSW State Emergency Service (132 500)

Police Assistance Line (131 444)

Disasters will happen. Natural disasters are inevitable, unpredictable and have the potential to significantly impact your community.

In the last three months, we’ve seen it all: the catastrophic bushfire warnings, the torrential rain with flash flooding and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planning now can save you, the lives of your family members and the lives of others including your pets. Let’s take a look at the simple steps you can take to reduce the impact.


Know the risks

The type of risk and level of impact is different for everyone. It is important to contact your local council to find out about your risk and the history of events in your local area. Find out:

  • What disasters could happen?
  • When disasters can occur?
  • Where a disaster might happen?
  • How severe it could be?
  • Would you be affected?


Have a plan

Get the whole household together and discuss your plan.

If you leave early:

  • When will you leave?
  • Where will you go? How will you get there?
  • What will you take?
  • Who can you call to tell you’re leaving and that you have arrived safely?
  • What is the backup plan?

If you decide to stay:

  • Do you have all the equipment you need?
  • Do you know what to do before, during and after?
  • Do all members of the household know what to do in all situations?
  • What is the backup plan?


Pack an emergency kit (NSW SES)

You should keep your kit in an accessible location, in a waterproof container or a bag that’s big enough to add extra items.

Your emergency kit contents:

  • Portable radio with spare batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Fully charged portable charger or power pack
  • First aid kit (with supplies necessary for your household)
  • Candles and waterproof matches
  • Important papers including emergency contact numbers
  • Copy of any Home Emergency Plans
  • Waterproof bag for valuables

If you have to evacuate, make sure you add medication, food and water, clothing and footwear, as well as chargers.


Be Aware

Keep a copy of emergency phone numbers to call anywhere with easy access.

Life threatening emergency – Triple Zero (000)

Bushfire – NSW Rural Fire Service (1800 679 737)

Flood, Storm and Tsunami – NSW State Emergency Service (132 500)

Police Assistance Line (131 444)

Page published: 09 April 2020, 14:29