|You can become better prepared to protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency by following three safety steps. |
1. Make a Personal Emergency Plan
Emergencies, by their very nature, can catch people unawares, so every home and workplace should have an Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan:
• how you will contact one another
• how you will get back together
• what you will do in different situations
It can be difficult to think clearly in an extreme emergency such as a house fire or flash flood. Developing a Personal Emergency Plan is one way you can be better prepared for such a situation. This can help you identify in advance escape routes from your home; important documents, medications and possessions you would take, if possible; and who you would need to contact.
There are a range of organisations that offer advice on how to go about developing a personal plan.
The links at the bottom of this page are quite useful:
|2. Have an Emergency Kit |
A small emergency kit put in an easy to reach place known to all family members can prove invaluable in a major emergency. There are some basic items you should include but there could be other things your family would need that you could add to your kit.
Basic home emergency kit
• Battery operated radio (with spare batteries)
• Torch (with spare batteries)
• First aid kit and manual
• Mobile phone, spare batteries and charger
• Personal hygiene and toiletry supplies
• Copies of home and medical insurance policies
• Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licences)
• Contact numbers for emergency services, family members and people from your support team.
Evacuation emergency kit
If it seems likely that you may have to evacuate you should add the following to your basic home emergency kit:
• Bottled water
• Supplies of prescribed medications (including prescriptions)
• Spare clothes and blankets
• Spare home and car keys
• Cash and credit cards
• Food and medications for your pets
|3. Be informed |
During an emergency it is important to remain informed. Essential information will be broadcast by radio and television. and other government websites will provide information.
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