Preparing for an emergency
Emergencies can happen at any time, often with little or no warning. They can pose a threat to people, property, livestock and the environment.
Being prepared for an emergency is one of the best ways to keep yourself and your family, property and animals safe. Read through our tips below to make sure you're prepared.
Prepare your home
- Clear vegetation and leaf litter from roofs, gutters and immediate surrounds.
- Find out how to turn off your home’s electricity, gas and water supply.
- Review your insurance policies to make sure they're current and adequate.
Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quickly afterwards.
For more information about creating your own emergency plan visit the SES website
Involve your family and know your neighbours
- Decide how family members will stay in touch during and after an emergency.
- Make arrangements for pets to ensure they'll be safe and have food and water. For more information about preparing your pet for an emergency, visit the RSPCA website.
- Keeping in touch with your neighbours before, during and after an emergency can help everyone cope. Look out for your neighbours, especially those who may need extra help in an emergency.
Stay informed and get help if you need it
During an emergency, it's best to stay informed using more than one source of information. Visit our Emergency contacts page to find out who to contact and where to get information if an emergency situation arises.