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.