Every home should have an emergency plan. Having a plan could save your life or the lives of others. Below are the commonly used emergency plans.
- Australian Red Cross Rediplan, generic emergency plan for households.
- CFA Your Bushfire Plan, template for developing a bushfire plan.
- VicSES Get Ready, a range of plans to support people at home, work or on the road.
When developing your plan consider the following:
- If you can stay with family or friends if your home is inaccessible or damaged.
- What to do if your children are at home alone when an emergency happens.
- What you will do with your pets in the event of an emergency.
- How you will store important documents including birth certificates, wills, photographs and valuables in a safe place so they will not be destroyed.
- Having a list of emergency contacts, including family, friends, doctor and vet.
- Checking your insurance, your home, business or property are you adequately insured and is the cover up to date. Check what is covered, under what circumstances.
Once you have made your plan, write it down and make sure everyone knows what your plan is in the event of an emergency. If you live on your own, tell a friend or family member what your plan is. If you live with others make sure you all agree to the plan and everyone is clear about their responsibilities.
Take the time to practice your emergency plan as this will reduce the amount of stress and panic you may experience in an emergency and you can make changes before the emergency.