Be pre­pared

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS | OPINION -

For many of us it’s un­think­able. Un­til it hap­pens, and then it’s too late.

We all face emer­gen­cies: as large as a bush­fire or as per­sonal as a med­i­cal cri­sis. They can all be dev­as­tat­ing, as so many peo­ple found out last year in the af­ter­math of se­vere Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Fol­low­ing Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Week (Septem­ber 17-24), Red Cross is ask­ing you to take one easy step to make your next emer­gency less stress­ful.

These are sim­ple and prac­ti­cal steps you can take to pro­tect the peo­ple you love, your own well­be­ing and the things you value most.

Easy things to help you pre­pare in­clude: think about be­ing in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and how you might re­act. This will help you stay calmer and re­spond bet­ter when an emer­gency hap­pens, so find out where to get im­por­tant dis­as­ter in­for­ma­tion, like your lo­cal ra­dio emer­gency broad­caster. This means you’re bet­ter in­formed when an emer­gency hap­pens. Get to know your neigh­bours. They’re the peo­ple who might sup­port you and look out for you when an emer­gency hap­pens.

For more easy things to do, get your Red Cross RediPlan at red­cross.org.au/pre­pare.

— Leisa Bourne Di­rec­tor, Red Cross, Queens­land

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