Before a Disaster

It is important for you to know what to do if you have to face a disaster or emergency at home or at work. If you know what needs to be done, it makes it easier to stay calm if a situation should occur. By planning ahead, you can be prepared and help reduce the risk of injury and damage to property.

Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate from your home or it may confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, electricity or telephones were cut off?

Local Council personnel, Emergency Services and government officers will be on the scene as soon as possible after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You, your family and your neighbours need to know how to cope in a disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.