Get ready Gold Coast. Disasters can occur anywhere, anytime and often without much warning. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency situation helps us to avoid panic, cope with the unexpected and minimise the risk to us, our families and pets. A prepared community is a resilient community.
On this page you will find practical information on preparing an emergency plan and an emergency kit as well as what you can do to get your home prepared.
Preparing your emergency plan
If roads are blocked, you might not be able to get home or you might have to evacuate from your home or you may not be able to call family members because the usual communication lines are out. These scenarios are all possible so it’s really important that individuals and families take the time to prepare an emergency plan.
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Preparing an emergency kit
An emergency kit is essential. We’ve put together an emergency kit checklist to help you get ready for storm season and other natural disasters. Prepare your kit in advance, keep it somewhere you can easily access in a waterproof container and make sure everyone in the house knows where it’s located.
For practical information on putting your emergency kit together, the items below are your starting point. For further information on what to put in your emergency kit when a warning is issued and disaster is likely, and in the event of extended loss of electricity, water and gas download the emergency kit checklist.
Keep in your emergency kit at all times
- Battery radio and spare batteries
- First aid kit
- Strong plastic garbage bags
- Tarpaulin and tape for temporary repairs and protecting windows
- Tools to turn off utilities such as water
- Copies of important documents in sealed plastic bags
It is important that as many people as possible have access to this information that can assist them. If you have a friend or neighbour who speaks Arabic, Chinese (simplified or traditional), Farsi (Persian), Japanese, Korean or Spanish please tell them about the multilingual disaster management resources available on our Resources in other languages page.
Preparing your house
Use this checklist to help minimise the impact of severe storms on your home:
- regularly check your roof to make sure it’s in good condition
- plan to have any tree branches removed if they are close to your house
- keep gutters, downpipes and drains clear
- identify loose objects in your yard and on your balcony, such as outdoor furniture and toys that will have to be put away or secured if a storm approaches
- make sure all shades, sails and awnings are properly secured
- Keep your vehicle undercover
- ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current
- identify the safest room in which to shelter during a storm
- learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas
- if you don’t already know your neighbours, go and introduce yourself, they may need a hand getting storm ready.
Additional practical ways that you can prepare for a disaster:
- The community disaster guide assists planning and preparation and waterproof document wallets are an ideal place to store important papers and documents
- prepare your evacuation plan
- make a list of emergency contacts and important links and keep it handy
- Join the Community Watch Program.