Tak­ing stock of your as­sets


Over the last month we have seen what dev­as­ta­tion Mother Na­ture can cause with the re­cent flood­ing across our re­gion. Some fam­i­lies faced the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing to evac­u­ate their homes or be res­cued. Flood wa­ters are not for­giv­ing. Now is the time to re­flect on how you would cope if you and your fam­ily had to leave home in a hurry. Do you have house­hold or con­tents in­sur­ance? While it won’t stop the heartache of see­ing your home dam­aged, it will mean you have some way of get­ting things back to nor­mal. Do you know what to do with your pets or live­stock if you have to evac­u­ate? Where is the clos­est high ground and how easy is it to get there? Do you have any low ly­ing ar­eas around your prop­erty that col­lect wa­ter? Would your drive­way be blocked quickly by ris­ing wa­ter? Know­ing these things will help your fam­ily to self-evac­u­ate quickly or if you’re ad­vised to. If you have to leave your home in a hurry, it may not be safe to re­turn for two or three days, so what do you put in your get­away kit? Each fam­ily mem­ber should in­clude: toi­letries, a change of clothes, in­clud­ing a rain­coat and shoes any spe­cial needs such as medicines, hear­ing aid bat­ter­ies or glasses. In­clude a bot­tle of wa­ter and some snack bars or cho­co­late and per­haps a book or toys for chil­dren. If you have a baby in the home put to­gether es­sen­tial items such as for­mula and food, nap­pies and sev­eral changes of clothes. En­sure you have copies of im­por­tant doc­u­ments such as in­surances, birth cer­tifi­cates, own­er­ship pa­pers and pass­ports. If pos­si­ble have some cash tucked away too, if the power is out you can’t rely on Eftpos cards.

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