Develop an emergency plan
An emergency plan needs to be discussed with your family. It will help you identify in advance escape routes from your home, important documents, medications and possessions you would take, and who you would need to contact.
Basic emergency plan
- Identify meeting places for everyone in your household - one close to your home and one further away from home in case you are unable to return to your neighbourhood.
- Create a contacts list, including details of emergency services, all family members/carers, vet, etc. Also, keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone or on your fridge, and an emergency contact card in your wallet.
- Create bookmarks or favourites for emergency services websites in your mobile phone, follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook.
- Inform schools and child care authorities of people who are permitted to pick up your children if you are unable to do so.
- Create a home evacuation plan. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking up the primary escape route, secondary escape routes, the location of equipment and medications you need and a central meeting place outside your home (eg letterbox). Give a copy of your evacuation plan to the relevant people and keep a copy on your fridge. Practice your evacuation plan.
- Develop a plan for family pets and livestock - animals may not be allowed into evacuation shelters.
- Identify the location of your electricity box, gas and water valves and fire extinguisher.
- Keep a copy of your plan close by.
- If you need help to prepare an emergency plan contact the State Emergency Service or Rural Fire Service.
Page last updated: 24 October 2015