IT is no surprise to people who lived through last year’s Esperance and Harvey/Waroona bushfires that one in three people reading this letter will face at least one natural disaster in their lifetime.
Moreover, after the disaster hits, sadly there is one thing most will also experience - regret about not being better prepared.
Red Cross is calling on all Australians to take action before it is too late. We want all Australians to be prepared for an emergency, whether it is as large as a bushfire, cyclone or flood, or as personal as a family crisis.
Too many conversations after an emergency begin with “I wish I had…”. People wish they had taken the children’s baby photographs, kept their passports safe, upped their insurance and looked in on their neighbours.
For decades, we have seen at first hand the trauma, stress, and hardship that disasters bring; things many of us just are not prepared for, such as anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems, and financial hardship that can go on for many years.
You cannot get back what you have lost after an emergency. But you can plan to protect what matters most.
Moreover, that is different for everyone.
Our free guide can spare people much of the avoidable grief and trauma because we know that the better you are prepared, the better you will cope.
Download your RediPlan at redcross.org.au/prepare and get prepared.
Red Cross Western Australia.