While help is available during and after an emergency, it is your responsibility to ensure you are well prepared. Remember that in the event of a large-scale emergency, emergency services will be under extreme pressure and may not be able to assist you immediately. One of the things you can do to help yourself and your family, is to prepare an emergency kit.
Recommended items may include:
- torch (with spare batteries), candles and waterproof matches
- battery operated radio (with spare batteries)
- mobile phone, spare battery and charger
- change of clothing for each family member (wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, leather gloves, etc)
- strong outdoor shoes or boots for each family member
- first aid kit including sunscreen and essential medication and toiletries
- blankets or sleeping bags
- pet supplies
- face and dust masks
- books, playing cards and games
- credit cards, ATM cards and cash
- spare house keys and car keys.
Food and water may include:
- non-perishable food (canned or dried)
- bottled water (at least 3 litres per person per day for drinking)
- plan how to get water for washing and cooking (check your hot water service, water tank, pond)
- a gas barbecue to cook on with spare gas cylinders
- a can opener and other utensils.
If you have a baby or young children:
- food, formula and drink
- change of clothing and nappies
- toys or favourite activity.
It is recommended you check the items in your emergency kit every year, and replace expired items with fresh items. Keep your emergency kit somewhere easy to locate in case of an emergency. Make sure that other members of your household know where the emergency kit is stored.
If you prefer to keep some of your emergency kit items in the house for everyday use, make sure you know where to find them quickly when an emergency occurs.