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CONSIDER SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTED
Decide how family members will stay in touch in the event of, or after,
Talk with your family, household members and neighbours about
• things you could do.
Agree on how you will contact each other if not at home, who will
collect family members and who will check on neighbours.
Organise an out-of-town person your family or household members
can contact in case you are separated. Make a list of that person's
contact details (home, mobile and work phone numbers, e-mail) and
provide them to your workplace and to your children's school.
Agree on a place for family or household members to meet if separated.
Make arrangements for pets to ensure they will be safe and have
• food and water.
Store important documents including wills, passports, photos, birth
and marriage certificates, powers of attorney and insurance policies
in a fire and water-proof container or safe deposit box.
Review your insurance policies to ensure they are current and adequate.
• If you keep them in your home try to take them with you if you evacuate.
Consider arranging authorised copies to be kept at an alternate
Find out how and where to turn off electricity, gas and water supplies
• in your home.
Make a record of your local emergency telephone numbers (State
• Emergency Service, Council, gas, electricity, water, etc.) and keep them
near your phone. These numbers are easily accessed at the front of
the local telephone book.
Remember to dial 000 for police, fire and ambulance attendance
• during life or property threatening situations. If you have a hearing or
speech impairment, dial 106 through your textphone (TTY) to obtain
emergency service attendance.
If the SES is required phone 132 500.
When notifying all emergency services of your location ensure you
• provide the exact street address and the nearest crossroads.
LEARN SOME BASIC FIRST AID AND KEEP A FIRST AID
First aid is a lifesaving skill that everyone can learn. Council encourages all
residents to enrol in an accredited first aid course. For more information
on first aid courses contact St John Ambulance - www.stjohn.org.au or
Red Cross - www.redcross.org.au
Every home should have a well stocked first aid kit which should include
items such as:
battery-operated radio (with spare batteries);
torch (with spare batteries);
first aid kit and manual, including personal protective equipment such
as disposable gloves, face masks and goggles;
medications (and repeat prescriptions), tissues, toiletry and sanitary
special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities.
At times of high risk, preparing an emergency kit is also a good idea.
Emergency kits can include items such as:
spare clothes including strong shoes, broad brimmed hat, leather
• gloves and sunscreen for each household member;
a mobile phone, spare battery and charger;
strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents and
extra car and house keys;
copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports
contact details for your agreed out-of-town contact;
books, playing cards or games; and
credit cards, key cards and cash.
If you have to remain in your home for several days following an emergency,
and power, water or gas are not available, you should try to have the
following at hand:
bottled water and enough easily prepared packaged food to last for
at least three days (rotate supplies to prevent spoilage);
fire blanket or fire extinguisher (seek CFA advice on where to purchase
appropriate equipment); and
barbecue or portable stove with fuel.
While many emergencies will only extend over a few days, some will last
longer. The Australian Food Sector recommends planning for a 14 day stay
at home by building and rotating food items in your pantry. An example
of an emergency pantry planning list is available on the Australian Food
Sector's website www.pantrylist.com.au
Naturally all households differ and you should customise the list to suit
your family or household's needs.
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