What if it flooded and you couldn’t get home? What if you had to evacuate from your home? What if you couldn’t contact loved ones? These scenarios are all possible so it’s really important that individuals and families take the time to prepare an emergency plan.
Every home should have an emergency kit. If you are stranded at home in an emergency with no water or electricity supply, an emergency kit can quite literally save your life.
We’ve put together an emergency kit checklist to help you get prepared for severe weather events. Most items can be found around the home. Know what you have and buy what you don’t have.
For further information on what to put in your emergency kit download the Emergency kit checklist.
Keep in your emergency kit at all times
- battery radio and spare batteries
- First Aid kit
- fresh water
- canned food
- tarpaulin and tape for temporary repairs and protecting windows
- copies of important documents in sealed plastic bags.
Prepare your kit, keep it somewhere easily accessible in a waterproof container and make sure everyone in the house knows where it’s located.
In preparation for a severe weather event, decide when and where you would evacuate to and where you would meet if you weren't able to return home. If you decide to evacuate:
- listen for warnings and advice from Queensland Police Service and other authorities about the need to evacuate
- leave as early as possible (even hours before in the case of bushfires)
- allow for special needs of infants, the elderly and people with disabilities
- don't forget the needs of your pets (pets are generally not accepted at evacuation centres)
- park your car under cover, with a full fuel tank and a plan for alternative safe routes.
For more information visit our Evacuation plan page.
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
- make a list of emergency contacts and important links and keep it handy.
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.