Essential Emergency Kit and Plan

In Australia, emergency storm kits are an essential item – especially when it comes to summer and storm season. But one thing many people don’t realise when creating a storm kit is that it involves a lot more planning than you’d originally think.

Check out our easy Frugl guide to being natural disaster ready below.

1. Understanding Your Risk

Let’s face it, natural disasters happen a fair bit in Australia, some more localised than others. But even if they have not affected us yet – it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared.

Being prepared means you’re less likely to be impacted and come out on top quicker than if you weren’t. 

The Queensland government has a great resource for understanding your risk to natural disasters and looking at the big picture

2. Have A Plan

Having a plan means that everyone in your household knows exactly what to do if something were to happen. For instance, how do you evacuate your house? Where do you stay if you have to evacuate?

This might seem trivial, but it’s better to be prepared then panicked. It’s important for everyone to be on the same page so nobody gets separated during a natural disaster.

You can create your own evacuation plan using this Queensland government website evacuation plan tool.

3. Pack Supplies

It is said that an emergency kit should contain essential items for up to three days of potential isolation. This isolation could be due to a flood, storm, bushfire or a cyclone (you name it) and your emergency kit should be equipped to tackle them all. 

Pro tip: store your emergency kit in a waterproof storage container and store it in a safe, easily accessible place in your home. Also make sure that everyone in the household knows where it is in case they are home alone and need to access it. You could even make a note of the location of your emergency kit on your evacuation plan. 

Items you should consider putting in your essentials emergency kit include:

  • A medicine kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste 
  • Can opener
  • Non perishable food
  • Lighter
  • Photo copies of important documents such as a drivers licence, passport, birth certificate etc.
  • Water (lots and lots of fresh water for drinking, cooking and possibly cleaning)
  • Charging cables
  • Phone
  • Portable charger
  • Flashlights (with spare batteries)
  • Gloves
  • Radio

4. Make Sure You’re Covered

It’s important to have your home and contents insured in the event of a natural disaster that causes property or asset damage. This applies if you’re a homeowner or renter to make things less stressful and less costly in the event of a natural disaster.

Not sure if your home and contents is insured? Check your policy, contact your insurer and start asking questions.

The Queensland government 3 Steps To Get Ready information booklet has more information on all things natural disaster related. You can find it here

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