Make the following simple preparations:
- Prepare a plan with your family.
- Make sure everyone knows what to do and where to meet.
- Know how and where to turn off mains electricity, gas and water.
- Learn First Aid.
- Have an emergency survival kit and a getaway kit and ensure everyone in your household knows where they are kept.
- Join a Neighbourhood Support Group. Contact the Neighbourhood Support office on phone 348 0568 for more details.
- In most emergencies you should be able to stay at home or at your workplace. In this situation, you may have to rely on your emergency survival kit. Each kit should have items that the whole family will need.
As a start, gather these items together:
- A torch with spare batteries or lightsticks.
- A transistor radio and spare batteries. (There is a radio in your car).
- A First Aid kit.
- Tinned food for two to three days for you and your pets.
- A can opener.
- Bottled water (3 litres per person per day).
- A box of matches or lighter.
- Toilet paper.
Add other items that your family will need e.g. baby food and nappies.
Remember tinned items, water and batteries need to be checked and changed every six months. Make a note on your calendar to do this at daylight saving changeover time.
Take your survival kit plus:
- Legal documents and important papers: birth, marriage and insurance certificates; passports; family photos etc.
- Any special medical or dietary needs: prescription glasses, asthma inhaler, hearing aid, prescription drugs.
- Toiletries and baby needs.
- Feminine needs.
- Also take warm clothing and bedding.
- Wear warm clothes and strong footwear.
- List of relations' and close friends' addresses and phone numbers.
- Blankets and sleeping bags.
Don't forget your pets.
Do you have a pet plan?
You should include your pets in your emergency preparedness planning.