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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2011
City of Ballarat plays a key role in managing and protecting the municipality
An emergency can happen at any time and the best protection is to ensure
your family is as well prepared as possible. Council encourages residents
to take time to discuss emergency situations and responses with family and
friends. A few minutes of emergency planning could save your possessions,
your home; even your life.
PLANNING FOR AN EMERGENCY
Decide how family members will stay in touch in the event of, or after,
Talk with your family, household members and neighbours about your
response to a variety of emergencies
Agree on a place for family or household members to meet if
Organise an out-of-town person your family or household members can
contact in the event of separation. Make a list of the agreed person's
contact details (home, mobile and work phone numbers, email) and
provide them to your workplace and to your children's school
Agree on how you will contact each other, who will collect family members,
and who will check on neighbours
Make arrangements for pets to ensure they will be safe and have food
When discussing your family’s plans for emergencies, customise your plan
to your family situation and consider a variety of scenarios.
You may be separated, for example children at school and parents at
work or children residing with another parent
Normal communications might be difficult or impossible
Power supplies may be cut
You may be injured, or others may be injured or deceased
There may be fire or other dangerous elements present
Information about the emergency may be limited in the early stages
of the event.
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 secure
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.
Call 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 ser vice
Important phone numbers: City of Ballarat – 5320 5500
SES - 132 500
When notifying all emergency ser vices of your location, ensure you
provide the exact street address and the nearest cross roads.
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
Red Cross - www.redcross.org.au
Every home should have a well stocked first aid kit. Remember to include:
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 first aid supplies for infants, aged and people with
Batter y-operated radio (with spare batteries)
Torch (with spare batteries)
At times of high risk, preparing an emergency kit is also a good idea. Emergency
kits may include:
Spare clothes including strong shoes, broad brimmed hat, leather gloves
and sunscreen for each household member
Mobile phone, spare batter y and charger
Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents
Extra car and house keys
Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports
Contact details for your agreed out-of-town contact
Credit cards, key cards and cash
Books, playing cards or games
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