When a disaster strikes, the best state you can be in is prepared. By arming yourself with knowledge of what to do in various types of potential emergencies, you will be able to react smartly and quickly to minimise risk to lives and property - a little planning can go a long way.
Whatever the emergency, you need to heed the warnings and act immediately on the information provided - remember:
Print out and complete these checklists to help you and your household be prepared in the event of an emergency. You can keep them in a file with your emergency kit. A few hours spent working through simple planning tasks with your household, putting aside supplies and securing your home could make a huge difference to the impacts that a disaster or emergency event have on your home and family.
Evacuation is the movement of affected persons from a potentially or currently unsafe location and their eventual return home. It can either be self-initiated by individuals, voluntary and encouraged by authorities, or directed through a mandatory order issued by authorities.
Download our Prepare for Evacuation and Shelter Guide - preparing now will save you time and stress in the event of a disaster or emergency and answer the following questions: