Planning for disasters
During a disaster a lot of bad things can happen.
That’s why everyone needs to simply ask themselves, what’s your plan if?
- you’re left without power?
- your house or property is damaged?
- the water supply was cut?
- you need medical assistance?
- you have pets to look after?
These pages will help you get ready for any disaster. You will find fact sheets, tips and links to resources which will help you start a simple plan that suits you.
These four simple steps will help you and your family be prepared as much as possible.
Step 1: Prepare your emergency plan
What are you and your family going to do if a cyclone, bushfire, flood or other disaster strikes? If you’re separated–how will you get in touch? When will you make a decision to stay in your house or leave for safety? An emergency plan will help everyone know exactly what to do if the worst happens. While you’re thinking about your emergency plan, why not make one for your pets at the same time?
Step 2: Prepare your emergency and evacuation kits
Can you survive three days without power, access to food stores and with only the water in your house? What’s in your emergency kit? If you have to leave, where will you go? Do you have copies of important documents to take with you? Emergency and evacuation kits are essential parts of any basic plan. Get them ready.
Step 3: Prepare your home
A lot of damage to your property can be avoided by timely home maintenance. But sometimes you need to go a step further and have a plan for when disaster strikes. Do you know where your water, electricity and gas mains are located? Do you have food-safe containers to store water in? Don’t forget your neighbours – can you help each other before, during and after a disaster event?
Step 4: Tune in to warnings
Information is key to making good decisions in a disaster. Knowing where to find information is as important as any other disaster preparation. Have you loaded local stations into your radio’s memory? Where is the best place to get information on the Internet? Are you following reputable social media sites such as Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service