By taking the time and preparing a household emergency plan ahead of a disaster – gives you and your loved ones valuable time and putting them at less risk and should educate and prepare everyone and assist in working out simple but important tasks.
We have shared a Household Emergency Plan template for you to download and shared some points to consider when completing it.
Here they are!
- What will you each do in the event of the disaster?
Each disaster might not necessarily have the same procedure – In some emergency situations for example: such as a tsunami or wildfire – it is better to leave by foot than to drive or wait for transportation.
- How and where you will meet up during and after a disaster?
Consider your transportation options in case you have to evacuate, discuss and practice your evacuation plans with everyone in the household, know the evacuation routes you could take and plan several evacuation routes in case roads are damaged or blocked.
- Where to store emergency survival items and who will be responsible for maintaining supplies.
Remember you need 3 liters of water for every person every day
- What you will each need to have in your getaway kits and where to keep them.
Prepare to look after yourself and your household for at least three days or more. Pack your emergency survival items for your home as well as grab bags in case you have to leave in a hurry.
- What you need to do for members of the household or family with a disability or special requirement.
You might need to know how you going to move quickly with a baby or an elderly person – or how do you communicate with a person with a sight or hearing impediment?
- What you will need to do for your pets or livestock.
Pack a pet’s emergency getaway kit. If you have domestic animals (such as horses, pigs or poultry) or livestock, know which paddocks are safe to move livestock away from floodwaters, landslides and power lines. In the event of an evacuation, ensure you have a plan in place so that they will be secure and have food, water, and shelter. The responsibility for animal welfare remains with the owner.
- How and when to turn off the water, electricity, and gas at the main switches in your home.
Make sure everyone knows where the valves are and that they are not rusted or tight to loosen in an emergency.
- What local radio stations to tune in to for civil defense information during an event.
Make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment
- Know basic first aid and how to deal with small fires.
Basic skills depend on who you speak too but we say they are: Cleaning and Dressing of wounds, Making a makeshift splint or sling, performing CPR, Performing the Heimlich Maneuver and treating shock