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Disasters can happen quickly, sometimes without warning, so having your emergency plan in place is vital. Discover easy steps to keep your family, pets and property safe.

Emergency kit

Did you remember the can opener? Bottled water? House keys?

We hope you never need to use it, but an emergency kit could be the difference between life and death in times of crisis.

Disasters often occur quickly, sometimes without warning, so being prepared before any major incident is vital. Our ready-reference check list will help you fill your emergency kit with the right supplies to cope in an emergency situation.

Remember to store your emergency kit in a sturdy waterproof container or bag that is easy to carry. Ensure it's kept in a convenient place known to all family members - it's wise to also keep a smaller version in the boot of your car.

Regularly change your stored water and food supplies (food should be rotated every six months to stay fresh). Assess your kit and family needs at least once a year and replace batteries.

Download the Disaster management at home - community disaster guide, which contains lots of practical information on how to prepare yourself and your family for disasters.

Emergency kit checklist

Suggested items to include in an emergency kit are listed below. Ensure your kit is a water tight container that can be easily transported.

Things to keep in your emergency kit at all times:

  • battery radio and spare batteries
  • torch (preferably a wind-up torch)
  • first aid kit and manual
  • strong plastic garbage bags
  • tarpaulin and tape for temporary repairs for protecting windows
  • tools to turn off utilities such as water
  • copies of important documents in sealed plastic bags.

Things to have ready for your emergency kit when a warning is issued and a disaster is likely:

  • three days of canned and non-perishable food, a can opener plus pet food and other pet needs (if required)
  • bottled water
  • essential medications and toiletries
  • change of clothes, strong shoes and hats
  • mobile phone and charger (preferably car mobile phone charger)
  • money, spare house and car keys
  • important documents (originals) in sealed plastic bags
  • tent and blankets.

Things to include in your kit if there will be extended loss of electricity, water and gas:

  • clean water in sealed containers (10 litres per person is recommended for a three day period)
  • water purification tablets
  • more food
  • barbeque or portable stove with fuel
  • fire extinguisher.

Print a copy of the emergency kit checklist.

Check your first aid kit

First aid supplies are an important part of your emergency kit. The Queensland Ambulance Service recommends you include the following items in your first aid kit:

  • one packet of band-aids
  • one roll of non-allergenic tape
  • two sterile eye pads
  • four triangular bandages
  • one conforming gauze bandage
  • one sterile combine dressing
  • one pair of stainless steel scissors
  • two square gauze swabs
  • one bottle antiseptic cream
  • one wound closure steri-strip
  • one bottle antiseptic solution
  • five alcohol swabs.

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