What to do when the storm hits
THE storm is here, now what?
Engage emergency plan.
If you don't yet have one of these, head online to www.stormwise.com.au and download the Home Emergency Plan. Print out this eight-page document and fill it in so it's ready to go once the storm hits.
In this plan, you will outline emergency procedures, evacuation plans, detail family members, pets and any important information that will help you and emergency crews in the event of a disaster.
A good emergency plan has three parts - what to do before, during and after the event.
It should include how you will receive information, alerts and updates during the event, plus what to do if you have visitors and or some family members are not home at that time.
The plan should also outline who you can ask for help if you need it.
During a disaster, if you do choose to evacuate, it is important to know when and if it is safe to do so.
The SES outlines these points if you are looking to evacuate:
- Make your decision to leave before you are threatened. People do die in emergencies, often when they leave late. Travel can be more dangerous during an emergency.
- Listen to the advice of emergency service providers when making your decision but base your choice on what is happening locally.
- Make sure everyone knows your meeting place and keep in touch with family, friends and neighbours.
- Take your emergency kit with you.
- Turn off the electricity, gas and water at the mains as you leave.
- Take your pets with you.
- When you leave, register your details at a relief centre or register with Red Cross who use the National Registration and Inquiry System, so that you can be traced if needed.
It's Happening Now!
Your checklist for when the storm or natural disaster hits.
- Activate your Home Emergency Plan and get your Home Emergency Kit.
- Stay inside and well clear of windows, doors and skylights.
- Shelter in the safest part of your house (internal room, hallway, built-in wardrobe or cellar).
- Avoid using electrical appliances.
- If outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a solid, enclosed space.
- If driving, turn on your hazard lights and pull over away from trees, power lines, drains and waterways.
- Stay tuned to the radio or other media for warnings, updates and advice.