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Be prepared

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.

Make sure you bookmark our City dashboard so you can find out the latest online information on road closures, weather warnings, traffic and beach conditions during such an event. 

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.

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

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:

Additional practical ways that you can prepare for a disaster:

View the video transcript (PDF 21kb)

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