How to plan for a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Disaster Management Feature -

STEP 1: PRE­PARE YOUR EMER­GENCY PLAN

WHAT are you and your fam­ily go­ing to do if a cy­clone, bush­fire, flood or other dis­as­ter strikes? If you’re sep­a­rated, how will you get in touch? When will you make a de­ci­sion to stay in your house or leave for safety? An emer­gency plan will help ev­ery­one know ex­actly what to do if the worst hap­pens.

While you’re think­ing about your emer­gency plan, why not make one for your pets at the same time?

STEP 2: PRE­PARE YOUR EMER­GENCY AND EVAC­U­A­TION KITS

CAN you sur­vive three days with­out power, ac­cess to food stores and with only the wa­ter in your house? What’s in your emer­gency kit? If you have to leave, where will you go? Do you have copies of im­por­tant doc­u­ments to take with you?

Emer­gency and evac­u­a­tion kits are es­sen­tial parts of any ba­sic plan. Get them ready. STEP 3: PRE­PARE YOUR HOME

A LOT of dam­age to your prop­erty can be avoided by timely home main­te­nance. But some­times you need to go a step fur­ther and have a plan for when dis­as­ter strikes.

Do you know where your wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and gas mains are lo­cated? Do you have food-safe con­tain­ers to store wa­ter in?

Don’t for­get your neigh­bours – can you help each other be­fore, dur­ing and after a dis­as­ter event?

STEP 4: TUNE IN TO WARN­INGS

IN­FOR­MA­TION is key to mak­ing good de­ci­sions in a dis­as­ter. Know­ing where to find in­for­ma­tion is as im­por­tant as any other dis­as­ter prepa­ra­tion.

Have you loaded lo­cal sta­tions into your ra­dio’s mem­ory? Where is the best place to get in­for­ma­tion on­line? Are you fol­low­ing rep­utable sites such as the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, and your state po­lice ser­vice and fire and emer­gency ser­vice?

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ge­tready.qld.gov.au.

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