It’s everyone’s responsibility to be prepared for disasters. By doing so, you can minimise impacts and threats. Follow the Queensland Government’s 3-step plan to Get Ready!
An emergency and evacuation plan will ensure everyone in your household knows exactly what to do if the worst happens. It’s a hardcopy document that is designed to keep you and your household members connected and safe in the event you become separated during a natural disaster and/ or you lose mobile phone connectivity and access to your contact phone numbers. It should include:
- Contact Details – all household members mobile phone numbers and email addresses
- Pets – All pets details, including their vet’s name and contact details
- Vehicles – All vehicles makes and registration details
- Emergency contacts – identify emergency contacts (one local and one out of town)
- Neighbours – contact details for your neighbours
- Local Council contact details
- School, kindy or daycare contact details
- Workplace details for each household member
- Utility company details (water, gas, electricity)
- Medical contact details
- Safe meeting point in the event your household is separated
- Emergency and evacuation kits
If, as a result of a natural disaster, you are unable to leave your home for an extended period, due to an emergency such as a bushfire, storm, flood or a cyclone, your emergency kit contains a collection of essential items that will equip your household for at least three days of isolation.
- First aid kit including essential medication
- Essential toiletries
- Can opener
- Important documents
- Water for three days
- Non perishable food for three days
- USB – with important documents, contacts, emails and photos
- Spare batteries
- Pet supplies
- Battery operated radio
- Sturdy Gloves
- Rubbish bags
- Wrench or pliers
- Tarpaulin and ropes
- Essential medications
- Spare clothes
- Extra supplies for infants
- Utility knife
- Woolen and thermal blankets
- Spare cash
- Barbeque or portable stove with fuel
- Cooking and kitchen equipment
Step 3 to Get Ready, wherever you live in Queensland, is to make sure your home and contents insurance cover is enough to cover the cost of rebuilding your home and or replacing your contents or possessions.
Don’t assume you are covered and don’t assume you’ll never be affected or hit by a natural disaster.
Both renters and homeowners should check their policies and if in any doubt contact their insurer to find out what coverage they have in regards to natural disasters.
For further information please visit: https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/node/9