It’s Storm Season Again! It’s that time of year again when the summer storms start to roll in and the beauty of the rolling cloud formations show that mother nature is about to unleash her mighty fury.
It’s Storm Season Again!
It’s that time of year again when the summer storms start to roll in and the beauty of the rolling cloud formations show that mother nature is about to unleash her mighty fury. With the recent weather events in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, we are reminded to have our emergency gear organised and ready for another year of “just in case". I love going through my box of gear making sure that the emergency radio, torches, lanterns and any other electronics have a fresh set of batteries installed (and some spares too). When we all rely on torches and lanterns for emergency situations, I like to have a back up for my backups and nothing beats a candle and a box of matches. First Aid kits are worthwhile inspecting regularly to make sure all items are in date and in good order. Keep all of your gear within reach of your main living area in your house, it’s no good having your “emergency gear” hidden away in the garage when it is needed in a hurry. Most of all – STAY SAFE.
There are three major steps that should be followed in order to be fully prepared for any incoming storms or natural disaster:
1. Make a Plan
Having a laid out plan for when disasters happen will reduce the stress of the situation, help everyone know what to do, and aid in avoiding any further damage. Three key considerations when making a plan:
- Do I know where the nearest shelters are?
- Do I know the evacuation route?
- How will I communicate with family, friends and emergency services?
2. Get an Emergency Kit
It's very important to have an adequate emergency kit ready and waiting for when disaster strikes. Making sure you've get a good, tough source of lighting, either a headlamp, torch or lantern. As well as portable first aid kits, emergency gear, and sturdy waterproof clothing. It's a great idea to keep your emergency kit in a strong, portable duffel bag, which can withstand a lot of abuse and keep your kit safe from the elements. Follow this Red Cross Australia emergency packing list for a comprehensive guide.
3. Stay Informed
Be prepared by keeping up to date with emergency service warnings. Do some research and find out who your local emergency service organisations are (local and state) and understand how to receive and interpret notifications on your electronic device of choice (phones would be easiest) and be ready to act when notified. Finally, know what kinds of emergencies are most likely to happen in your area and tinker your preparation accordingly.
You want to be as prepared as possible and take no chances so spending the time to get together a comprehensive emergency kit and gaining the required knowledge is only going to benefit you, your family and your home.