Cop­ing with emer­gen­cies

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Opinion - Linda Crum­lin, Di­rec­tor, Red Cross WA

For many of us it is un­think­able.

Un­til it hap­pens, and then it is too late.

We all face emer­gen­cies: as large as a bush­fire or as per­sonal as a med­i­cal cri­sis. They can all be dev­as­tat­ing.

In 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 emer- gency sit­u­a­tion and how you might re­act. This will help you stay calmer and re­spond bet­ter when an emer­gency hap­pens.

Find out where to get im­por­tant dis­as­ter in­for­ma­tion, such as your lo­cal ra­dio emer­gency broad­caster. This means you are 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.

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