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Get your kit together!

15 March 2012, 11:30AM AET

Putting Together an Emergency Kit for all Hazards

Emergency Kit Cartoon

An Emergency Kit can help save precious time during a hazard. It provides items you might need if you lose power or need to leave your home in a hurry. This year in NSW thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes, businesses and properties as a result of flooding. Having an Emergency Kit ready to go with important papers and other essential items will help you be more prepared during not only floods but any emergency.

Your emergency kit contents:

  • Portable radio with spare batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • First aid kit (with supplies necessary for your household)
  • Candles and waterproof matches
  • Important papers including emergency contact numbers, insurance forms
  • Copy of any Home Emergency Plans
  • Waterproof bag for valuables

When leaving or evacuating your property, place in your emergency kit:

  • A good supply of required medications
  • Any special requirements and supplies for babies, the disabled, infirm and/or elderly
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Fresh food and drinking water
  • Pack valuables and mementos. Put them in your Emergency Kit.

Keep your emergency kit in a waterproof storage container.

On a regular basis, check your emergency kit (remember to check use-by dates on batteries and gloves) and re-stock items if you need to.

Also, keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone or on your fridge.

The SES in partnership with PRIME 7 have developed a Home Emergency Kit information fridge magnet. You can get one of these fridge magnets from your local SES unit or you can download it here - Home Emergency Kit Magnet .

Click on the link to view the Emergency Kit fact sheet.

For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500

 

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