Preparing for emergencies
It is your responsibility to be aware of emergencies and be prepared to respond if one occurs. You can start preparing for any incident or emergency that might affect you, such as storm, heatwave, bushfire, flood or contagious health outbreak.
What emergencies could affect you?
Visit the following websites to find out whether your property could be at risk
Making an emergency plan
To get started download an emergency plan template such as the Red Cross RediPlan. You should write and practice your emergency plan in preparation for any emergency. The plan should detail what you and your family will do before, during and after an emergency.It is vital to prepare emergency plans detailing what you and your family will do in an emergency.
Plans should consider:
- Tasks to prepare your property, house and outbuildings each season
- Leaving early
- All household members including animals
- Preparing your property, house and outbuildings each season
- Road blocks
- Scheduled commitments that can separate the family such as school and work
- Contingency plans- e.g. sheltering in the house
Resources to inform your plan
- CFA, including Community Information Guides for your suburb
- Department of Environment Land Water and Planning
- Red Cross
- Be Ready Warrandyte Community Association
- Department of Health
- Power Outage
Putting together an emergency kit
An emergency kit contains your important items in one place so that you can pick it up and head straight out the door before or during an emergency.
Contents may include:
- Personal protective equipment; overalls, gloves, goggles, natural fibre blanket, etc.
- Important documents; passport, insurance details, computer or hard drive
- Valuables; jewellery
- Change of clothes
- Contacts list including family members, friends, neighbours and emergency services
- Pet supplies
- Specialist supplies; medication, baby items
- Emergency items; torch, camp stove, phone charger
- Entertainment; cards, board game, toys
According to the State Government 1 in 2 Victorians don't have insurance, or don't have enough cover. Visit the Insure It website to learn more.
For advice on talking to your children about bushfire risk, go to the Better Health Channel website.
To learn more about local bushfire risks watch the Don't Wait and See video on YouTube.
You should also consider preparing an Emergency Evacuation Kit as part of your plan.
Ensure you are prepared for emergency inside the home as well as out. Visit the New Zealand Fire Service webpage to draw your home fire plan and remember to test and replace all smoke alarm batteries yearly at the end of daylight saving.
Download the Emergency+ app which uses the GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a Triple Zero (000) caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services. For more information, visit the emergency app website.
For help preparing your business for an emergency, refer to these sources:
Manningham's preparedness responsibilities
We are required under Victorian Law to prepare and maintain a Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP). The Plan is updated and discussed by the MEMP Committee and various sub-committees with representatives from Council, Victoria Police, CFA, MFB, SES, Ausnet Services, Red Cross, Victorian Council of Churches and a number of other key support agencies.
Our emergency plans include: