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Be prepared

An emergency can occur quickly and without warning, whether it is a storm, flash flood, bushfire, power outage or other major disruption. It might only cause you minor disruption if you are not directly affected, but it could be devastating for you and your community.

There are some simple things we can all do to help prepare for any disaster, and to keep our families safe this summer. Doing these things could save lives.

1. Know your risk

Think about the area you live in - what kind of disasters could strike where you live, or where you're travelling.

Before you go on the road, check weather conditions and warnings for your travel route and at your destination. Visit Emergency Services websites and stay informed.

2. Make a Plan

Involve your family and make a Plan for what you and your family will do if disaster strikes.

Emergencies, by their very nature, can catch people unawares, so every home and workplace should have an Emergency Plan.

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

More information on Emergency Plans

3. Have an Emergency Kit

In a major emergency, power, telephone and other essential services may not work. Use this checklist to help you create a basic Emergency Kit for you and your family.

More information on Emergency Kits

4. Clean up around the house

While our emergency services officers and volunteers are always ready to help the community, there are many calls for help that could be avoided if people undertook simple property maintenance.

More information on Cleaning up around the house

5. Stay informed

During an emergency it is important to remain informed. Essential information will be broadcast by radio and television. 

The best way to keep up to date on disasters is to get informed straight from the experts. For up to date information on fire, floods and storms, visit the relevant NSW Emergency Services website - RFS, SES, FRNSW

During major emergencies, emergency.nsw.gov.au will provide information on the event, including evacuations, road closures, school closures, weather warnings, financial assistance and other recovery information.

More information on how to Stay informed

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