Getting prepared

Getting your family and your home ready for an emergency or disaster makes good sense but few of us take the time to implement even the most basic of plans and preparations.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has extensive resources on their website that will enable you to be better prepared. Ideally, you need to set aside a few hours to get your family and home ready.

The advice on their website is that you need to create an emergency plan that covers:
• What to do to before an emergency to be prepared.
• What you plan to do during an emergency to keep safe.
• What you plan to do after an emergency to help recover.

Many of us will not have even considered any of these tasks. Try not to think you need to do everything all at once as you will feel overwhelmed. If you would like to start actioning your own emergency plan, visit the DFES website: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/pages/survivalplans.aspx

A good place to start your preparations is to put together an emergency kit. The internet is full of lots of useful suggestions as to what to include in your emergency kit. These kits can seem extremely comprehensive and ultimately a little cost prohibitive to put together. We suggest you start with a very basic backpack and add the most basic of necessities to get you started. This would include water and non perishable food. The recommendation is that you have enough food for all members of your household to last 3-4 days. Once you have put these items in your backpack, other essentials will include a torch and spare batteries, clothing and items to keep warm and some basic first aid items.

If you are considering your emergency kit, this is a comprehensive list that ensure you have a well prepared emergency kit: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/Pages/emergencykits.aspx
Remember, most of us fail to do any planning when it comes to emergency and disaster readiness but with just a little planning, you can ensure your family is not left completely unprepared.