One of the most important things you can do to help keep your family safe is to put together a Home Emergency Kit.
A Home Emergency Kit has items you may need if you have to evacuate your home in an emergency. It can also be used if you have to stay in your home when essential services have been cut off. You can also make up a smaller bag to keep in your car or office.
Getting started on your Home Emergency Kit
Get together with everyone in your household to make a list of what you will need.
The kit is a collection of everyday items that you and your family will need:
- In case of an emergency like a storm, bush fire, flood or power outage
- At other times when you may not have access to normal utilities
- If you have to be evacuated.
You can get most items at your local supermarket or hardware store.
Choose a sturdy, easy to carry waterproof storage box for your Home Emergency Kit. If you can't complete an emergency kit all at once, buy or gather one item each week until your kit is complete.
Items that should be in your Home Emergency Kit at all times include:
- Portable radio with spare batteries
- Torch with spare batteries
- Candles and waterproof matches
- First Aid Kit
- Copies of important family documents (see below)
- A copy of your Household Emergency Plan (indicating actions to be taken during emergencies)
- A copy of your Bushfire Survival Plan
- A waterproof bag for valuables and mementos
- Rubber gloves
Items to put in your Home Emergency Kit when floods, storms or other emergencies are predicted include:
- Fresh food and drinks
- Valuables or mementos (such as photograph albums, jewellery, computer files and special toys for your children)
- Any special needs for family members
Important family documents can include:
- Insurance policies
- Tax File Number
- Immunisation records
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card account numbers
- Inventory of valuable household goods
- Important telephone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage and death certificates)
On a regular basis, check and re-stock items if you need to (remember to check use-by dates on batteries and gloves).
Also, keep a list of emergency contact numbers on your fridge.
Do you have family members with special needs?
Don't forget to include provisions for anyone in your family with special needs such as elderly, disabled, infants or pets:
- Formula and bottles
- Contact lenses and supplies
- Food and water
Red Cross REDiPlan
Home Emergency Kits - NSW Government
SES Get Your Kit Together
Bush Fire Survival Plan
NSW Government - Get Ready NSW