Being Storm Ready – Preparing Your Emergency Plan
With the change in weather patterns over the past few years, storm season is no longer a set time of the year. For those in the northern parts of Australia and on the East and West coasts, severe storms are becoming more of an every day occurrence than just something that happens a few times a year.
To ensure that your family or business stays safe during a storm, you should prepare and implement an emergency plan – one that everyone understands and knows what they need to do to stay safe.
Follow the tips below to create your own storm emergency plan.
Storm Emergency Plan Tips
- Before you implement anything, sit down with your family or employees and talk about what they would do in a storm situation. Consider things like whether your home or business is in a flood prone area, what happens if you are separated during a storm and what types of things would be required should you need to evacuate.
- Once you’ve discussed the above, you should be capturing this information. Assign someone to take notes during this meeting and then, using a large piece of paper, step out some ideas and plans.
- Compile a list of local emergency contact phone numbers and place these in a prominent place within your home or business. Beside the phone is a good option, as well as on the fridge and beside front and back doors. Make sure everyone also has a copy of these numbers on their mobile phones. Knowing who to contact can be key to alerting the right authorities should there be any issues.
- Include a place to meet up if you are separated. Make sure that everyone knows where this is and how to get to it. If you have young children, does the local school have an emergency plan in place – get a copy for yourself so that you know what will happen during a major storm as well.
- Consideration for those with medial conditions or special needs should be added to your emergency plan. Ensure that medical supplies are added to your emergency kit if needed and that if you need extra assistance that local authorities are aware of this or a neighbour who can help.
- Do you have pets? What plans need to be made for them if your house becomes flooded? What about a large-scale storm, do you have somewhere for your pets to go if you’re given plenty of warning? Add this information to your emergency plan.
- Create an emergency kit that provides provisions for at least all minor cuts and scrapes. Ensure that you have enough fresh water to last three whole days. A portable radio with batteries and a torch are also necessary in your emergency kit.
- If you have a baby, don’t forget to have a bag always packed with nappies, baby formula and anything else you might need.
Having an emergency plan in place is key to your family being safe during a storm. Not having this in place can cause unnecessary stress on emergency resources. At the very least, your family should discuss what to do during a storm and have some ideas around where to meet should you be separated.
Being even slightly prepared for an emergency is better than having nothing in place.