An emergency can affect you whether you’re in the Warrandyte bushlands, a Doncaster highrise or by the Yarra River. Follow these steps to help you to be prepared.

1. Know your risk

Create a plan based on the emergency risks that could affect you.

2. Get your affairs in order

3. Create an emergency plan

Use one of the following emergency plan templates to get you started:

Create a back-up emergency plan

If your standard plan doesn’t work the way it should during an emergency, it is important to have other options for survival.

Create a business emergency plan

If you are a business owner it is important to consider emergency preparedness as part of your business continuity arrangements. Use one of the following business emergency plan templates to ensure your business is prepared:

4. Communicate your plan

Communicate your plan with family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. In particular, help your children understand the risks of bushfire. 

5. Create an emergency evacuation kit

Create an emergency evacuation kit that you can pick up and take with you in a hurry. Pack for everyone, including children and pets.

6. Prepare your property

Here are a few simple things you can do to get prepared for particular emergencies.


  1. Find out how to prepare for fire
  2. Check with planning to find out what vegetation you can and can’t remove.
  3. Check if you are elegible for garden waste vouchers
  4. Book in a bundled garden waste collection, drop it off at the garden waste centre or apply for a permit to burn to clear out your garden waste.
  5. Identify whether the landscaping or architectural features of your house increase its risk of ignition. Read the Wye River case study researched by the CSIRO, which highlights vulnerabilities that can lead to the loss of a house during a fire.

Flood and storm

Power outage