Emergencies can strike without warning, and it's important that you and your family know what you will do. It is crucial to be prepared and having a written and practiced plan can help:
- at home
- at school
- at work
- in your community
When you prepare a household emergency plan we recommend you follow the Australian Red Cross' easy-to-follow Four Step Emergency REDiPlan.
- Be informed: take an all-hazards approach to preparedness. We encourage you to understand your environment and all potential threats. Learn about sources of information or help in an emergency.
- Make a plan: cover your household procedures for both evacuation and staying at home, considering both short-term requirements and longer-term needs like insurance cover and financial security. Your underlying premise: 'protect what's important to you'.
- Get an emergency kit: from survival essentials to passports and photographs, look for advice on useful items to keep handy in case of emergency.
- Know your neighbours: research shows that people who feel part of their community are more likely to be prepared for, and to help each other in, an emergency. We encourage simple community-building exercises to help you get to know your neighbours.
Preparing a bushfire emergency plan
Make sure you are familiar with bushfire planning and have a bushfire fire plan prepared should you need it. Visit the CFA Victoria website, and download your bushfire planning template. CFA Victoria also has information on pets and bushfires.
The Victorian Multicultural Commission has collated a range of bushfire safety information available in other languages.