Understanding the impacts of an emergency can help you get through. Have a chat with the people in your household and work out what you’ll do in these situations.
Being at home may mean being without power and water or any way to get supplies for three days or more.
Do you have enough food? What about those who need medication? Do you have enough food for pets to get through too?
In an emergency, trains and buses may not be able to operate, roads may be closed and streets or neighbourhoods may be blocked off.
If you can’t take your normal route home, how will you get there? Who will you go with? Where will you meet if your street is a no-go zone?
Some houses, streets and neighbourhoods may not be safe to stay in and you may have to leave home in a hurry.
If your street was evacuated where would you go? What would you take? What about pets? Do your neighbours need your help?
What would you do if the power was out for days? How would you see, cook, keep warm?
Power cuts could affect EFTPOS and ATM machines. Have some cash at home, or enough supplies to see you through three days or more.
Imagine having no water for three days or more. How would you wash, cook, clean? What would you drink?
Water supplies, including drinking water, could be affected in an emergency, so it is essential to have a supply of stored water.
If the phone and internet lines were down how would you keep in touch, arrange to meet up or keep up with news and weather alerts?
In most emergencies, it’s best to stay at home, so make your home your meeting place and have an alternative in case you can’t get there.
It’s up to you to make sure your family, and the people you care about, know what to do and that you all have what you need to get through on your own. Follow these easy steps to get your household ready.