While many of us would dread to think that the worst could happen to us, life just doesn't give any guarantee that we might not be effected by a disaster at some point. Can anyone say 2020!

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Depending on the state you live in for Australia, there may be different advice concerning your local area. It is important to pay attention to what authorities direct you to do in times of pending and actual disaster. You may be directed to evacuate, stay tuned for further advice or you might even get a direct message to your mobile phone with advice concerning suggested movements.

A number of things to consider before potential disasters happen. These might be, what is my plan, do I need on-hand supplies to help me through. This brings additional questions like, what do I do if I'm alone, what about my family, what is my mode of travel if I need to move from point A to B? One of the primary pieces of advice and campaigns we consistently see across state and local government areas is have a plan, check your plan, know your plan. You may need to take action before any help can arrive.

Here are some quick go-to lists to help you get ready:

Prepared for floods and/or storms

  • Check your local government (council or similar) website for flood maps, evacuation centre's, etc
  • Check news and social media for updates
  • Download a weather map like BOM
  • Make sure you have a radio as a communications backup similar to these Radios (paid link)
  • Don't evacuate into or past active floods
  • Queensland have a catch cry "If it's flooded, forget it", that is pretty good advice

Prepared for fires

  • Check your local government (council or similar) website for fire notices, evacuation centre's, etc
  • Check news and social media for updates
  • Make sure you have a radio as a communications backup similar to these Radios (paid link)
  • Don't evacuate into or past active fires

Prepared for cyclone season and/or high winds

  • Check your local government (council or similar) website for flood maps, evacuation centre's, etc
  • Check news and social media for updates
  • Download a weather map like BOM
  • Make sure you have a radio as a communications backup similar to these Radios (paid link)
  • Be prepared you may lose normal every day communications
  • Help yourself and neighbours, check your yard for loose items e.g. trampolines, plastic toys, gazebo's & temporary structures, etc

Prepared for disease outbreak

  • Check news and social media for updates
  • Follow government health advice
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Minimise personal contact with strangers and contact surfaces e.g. shopping trolleys (wipe down), travellator rails, stair rails, manual door knobs, hand-shakes, hugs, sharing food and utensils

 Please remember to follow the authorities directions and advice! There is a list of nation wide emergency contact numbers in the top menu "In Emergencies".