In a disaster, high winds, fire, or rising floodwaters can prevent emergency services from reaching you. Debris, damage and fallen power lines can cut road access. Your community and your family could become isolated for three days or more.
Even if you live just around the corner from a shopping centre, you may not be able to get there. Even if you could, the shops may be closed due to damage or out of essential supplies.
After a disaster has passed, roads can be closed and essential services such as power, gas and water supplies, and phone communications are usually disrupted. Where a large number of people are affected, emergency services will be focused on assisting the most vulnerable in the community.
Depending on your circumstances, you may not have immediate access to help and will need to rely on the supplies and equipment you have at home.
Simply ask yourself, if you were isolated by a disaster right now, are you ready?
Making an emergency plan is not hard work.
Develop your emergency plan with the entire household and start asking what’s your plan? Here’s a couple of questions to get you started.
- What would happen if you live in a flood prone area and your home is at risk from storm tide or fire is a constant threat – what would you do?
- What would you do if were separated from family or friends in a disaster (you’re at work or school etc.)? How will you stay in touch and where will you meet up?
- What would happen if you need to evacuate your household? Where would you go?
- What would you do if you needed to contact someone for assistance? What emergency contact phone numbers should be listed (don’t rely on your mobile phone – the battery might be flat)?
- What would you do if a disaster happened tomorrow? What is everyone’s role in preparing?
If anyone in your family, household or neighbourhood has a medical condition or special needs, they may need assistance before, during and after a disaster. Think about:
- including specific items in your emergency kit to assist people with communication or mobility difficulty
- arranging to notify anyone with a hearing impairment of emergency warnings and other key information
- arranging assistance for anyone with a sight impairment or mobility difficulty if evacuation is required
Download the Get Ready Queensland emergency plan fact sheet. It has more information on preparing your emergency plan and a handy section to record all your details. Put a copy on your fridge or in your pantry and another in the waterproof bag in your emergency kit.
Do you have pets?
- What would happen if you had to evacuate your home?
- What would you do if you couldn’t take your pets with you?
Grab a copy of the Get Ready Queensland pet emergency plan fact sheet and discuss what to do with your pets before a disaster strikes.
Useful information to help you prepare a plan
Queensland is vulnerable to many man-made and natural disasters. When you’re making your emergency plan, think about the potential hazards in your area. Have a look at our disaster information pages for information and links about a variety of disaster situations.