General preparedness

Over recent years, emergencies in Australia have increased in both intensity and frequency. Whilst much of our recent attention has been focused on the occurrence and nature of bush fires, it is important that we also recognise the incidence and intensity of many other emergencies is increasing.

This increase in emergencies and the impacts that they have had has encouraged many of us to look for improved and tested methods in preparing for and reacting to emergencies. It is now more important than ever, that both families and individuals understand and generally prepare for all types of emergencies. This means that we all have a responsibility to:

  • Know your risk
    Think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you.
    Seek information to help understand the nature and impact of emergencies that may occur in the regions you are living in or visiting. 
  • Plan now for what you will do
    Sit down with your family and plan what you will do if a disaster affects your area.
    Make important decisions such as when to leave, what to take and what to do with animals.
    Don't leave it to the last minute as disasters can happen with little or no warning.
    There are a range of personal emergency plans available, choose one that best suits your needs. 
    Prepare an Emergency Kit.
  • Get your home ready
    Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance.
    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 and your smoke alarms are working.
    Check if your home and contents insurance policy covers you for disasters and is up to date.
  • Be aware
    Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area.
    Connect with NSW emergency services, such as the Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service, and stay informed of key emergency messages.
  • Look out for each other
    Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.
    Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens. Everyone can help each other in many ways in a disaster.