You think it will never happen to you, until it does. Are you ready for a disaster?
Every year flood, fire and other disasters affect peoples' lives and may cause millions of dollars in property damage. They can put your home, family, pets, livelihood and life at risk. They can also cause millions of dollars in property damage.
Being prepared can help you and your loved ones make better decisions during a disaster. It can save you money and heartbreak, and could even save your life.
There are five steps you can take to get ready now.
Make important decisions such as when to leave, what to take, and what to do with animals. Don't leave it until the last minute. Disasters can happen with little or no warning.
How will you and your family get to a safe place? You could be separated from each other. How will you contact each other?
hink about how you will protect your pets, important documents and valuable personal items.
The emergency service agencies have designed many plans to help you Get Ready for specific hazards like fire and flood.
Plan how you will escape a fire in your home and practice it with your family.
Prepare an emergency kit.
Trim overhanging trees and branches and remove dead and dry vegetation from around the house. Clean out gutters and downpipes. Secure or put away loose items in your yard or balcony. Check the roof is in good repair.
Do a home safety check and make sure your smoke alarms are working. Also, make sure that your home and contents insurance is up-to-date. If you need advice or assistance to prepare your home, contact your local emergency services to see what programs are available.
Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens. Everyone can help each other in many ways in a disaster.