BE PRE­PARED

Ellenbrook Advocate - - OPINION -

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.

LINDA CRUM­LIN,

act­ing di­rec­tor,

Red Cross West­ern Aus­tralia.

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