Preparing For Emergencies

You can become better prepared to protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency by following these 4 steps developed by the Red Cross.

  • Be Informed – During an emergency it is important to remain alert and informed.  Essential information can be retrieved from radio and television broadcasts and emergency agency websites.
  • Make a Plan – Emergencies can catch people unaware, so it is very important for every home and workplace to have an emergency plan.
  • Have an Emergency Kit – Put together an emergency kit with everything you will need if you have to leave your home and place it in an easy to reach place.  A basic emergency kit should include :
    • Battery operated radio and spare batteries
    • Torch and 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 ie birth certificates, passports, licences
    • Contact numbers for emergency services, family members etc
  • Know your Neighbours – People who know their neighbours are more likely to help each other out in an emergency.