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An emergency can occur quickly and without warning, whether it is a storm, flooding, bush fire, power outage or other major disruptions. You can take some simple steps in advance that can help minimise the impact on you and your family. Every home and workplace should have an Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster occurs, so it is important to plan:
  • How you will contact one another ?
  • How you will get back together ?
  • What you will do in difficult situations. ?

Developing a Family Emergency Plan is one way you can be better prepared for each situation.
You should take time out to find out:

  • Create a home evacuation plan. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking escape routes and the meeting place outside your home, (eg: mailbox).
    Ensure the family members know the plan, keep a copy on the fridge.
    Practice your evacuation plan.
  • Identify meeting places for everyone in your household – one near the home and one further away in case your family are unable to return to the neighbourhood.
  • Create a contact list, including details of all family members/carers of people close by and out of town.
  • Develop a plan for family pets and livestock – animals may not be allowed into evacuation shelters.
  • Inform schools and child care authorities of people who are permitted to collect your children if you are unable to do so.
  • Identify the kinds of emergencies that could impact on you. Is your home in an area that is at risk of natural disasters such as severe storms, floods or bushfires.
  • Identify the location of your electricity meter box, water and gas main valves. Learn how to turn them off safely.

 

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