Preparing for emergencies

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A few hours spent working through simple planning tasks with your household, putting aside supplies and securing your home could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are three simple tasks to assist in preparing your household for natural hazards and emergencies:

1. Prepare an emergency plan and prepare for evacuation
2. Prepare an emergency kit
3. Prepare your home

Click on each of the steps above for more information and guidance for each step. Printable checklists can be downloaded for each area.

Potential hazards

Queensland is vulnerable to many natural and man-made disasters.

Below is a list of some of the natural hazards faced in Queensland, along with hazard-specific tips on how you can prepare and act.

Emergency REDiPlan for seniors and people with disabilities

The Emergency REDiPlan has a number of resources available for seniors and people with a disability, their families and their carers  to prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies. The booklets provides worksheets on the four steps to prepare for emergencies and is tailored to meet specific needs of people with a physical disability. These include:

  • Step 1 - Be informed
  • Step 2 - Make a Plan
  • Step 3 - Get an emergency kit
  • Step 4 - Know your neighbours.

The Australian Red Cross website has many resources to assist you plan for emergencies and extreme weather conditions. 

Related websites

The following sites can assist in being prepared for extreme weather conditions.

RACQ Get Ready Queensland 

Preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan

Qld Gov Emergency Management - Be Prepared

Preparing for an emergency facts sheets - available in 16 languages

The Australian Red Cross emergency resources

Queensland Fire & Emergency Services - community education



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