An emergency can affect you whether you’re in the Wonga Park bushlands, a Doncaster highrise or by the Yarra River. Here are some things you can do to be prepared.
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Create a plan based on the emergency risks that could affect you.
- Ensure you have adequate insurance or find an insurer
- Register your pets. In the event that they are lost in an emergency, there is a greater chance you will be reunited if your pet is registered
- Store your important documents in your emergency evacuation kit.
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 and create a back up plan.
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:
- Plan for bushfire affecting your business or tourism business
- Plan for floods affecting your business
Communicate your plan with family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. In particular, help your children understand the risks of bushfire.
Create an emergency evacuation kit that you can pick up and take with you in a hurry. Pack for everyone, including children and pets.
Here are a few simple things you can do to get prepared for particular emergencies.
- Find out how to prepare for fire
- Check with planning to find out what vegetation you can and can’t remove.
- Check if you are eligible for garden waste disposal days.
- Book in a bundled branches collection or apply for a permit to burn to clear out your garden waste.
- 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.
- If you own vacant land you are required to ensure it stays bushfire safe. Learn how to prepare your vacant land for summer.
Flood and storm
- Find out how to prepare for flood and storm
- Find out how to prepare for a power outage
Emergency Aware takes direct statements shared from our community and provides additional information and advice to prepare for an emergency event. Statements shared from the community are not endorsed actions to take in an emergency but may serve to help you evaluate your current plan.