Be prepared, get your home ready for a disaster
THERE are four steps to preparing your household for natural disasters:
Prepare a household emergency plan
Prepare an emergency kit and evacuation kit
Prepare your home
Tune into disaster warnings online, on TV or radio
All members of the household should be involved in preparing an emergency plan to ensure everyone knows the potential risks, what to do, how to stay in contact with each other and who to contact in an emergency.
Discuss possible disaster scenarios with other members of your household including where you could be in the event of an emergency and how you will stay in contact if you are separated.
Document and prepare for any special medical requirements.
And of course don't forget about your pets.
Select two emergency meeting places in case you cannot return home or need to evacuate - one in your neighbourhood and another further inland or on higher ground that everyone can get to.
Record and ensure everyone knows where to find household contact numbers, along with details of your pets including descriptions, veterinarian contact details and medications.
Finally you need to ensure everyone is prepared:
Children need to know how to call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.
Ensure everyone knows where, how and when to turn off the main power, water and gas supply in case of emergency and evacuation.
Put your emergency plan and emergency contact information on the fridge, provide copies to friends, family and neighbours and keep a copy in your emergency kit.
It may seem like a lot of information to take in but if you practice your emergency plan regularly the steps will become second nature and could potentially save lives.
More information and helpful hints and tips on how to prepare for storm and cyclones are available on the following webpages:
Residents can also follow emergency updates and information on the Fraser Coast Regional Council's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/