​5 Simple Steps

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​1. Know your risk


Think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you.

Connect with NSW emergency services to find out more about your risk.

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​2. Plan now for what you'll do


Sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area.

Make important decisions such as when to leave, what to take, and what to do with animals. Don't leave it until the last minute. Disasters can happen with little or no warning. 

How will you and your family get to a safe place? You could be separated from each other. How will you contact each other? 

Think about how you will protect your pets, important documents and valuable personal items.

The emergency service agencies have designed many plans to help you Get Ready for specific hazards like fire and flood.

Prepare an emergency kit.

Plan how you will escape a fire in your home and practice it with your family.
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​3. Get your home ready


Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance.
 
Trim overhanging trees and branches and remove dead and dry vegetation from around the house. Clean out gutters and downpipes. Secure or put away loose items in your yard or balcony. Check the roof is in good repair. 

Do a home safety check and make sure your smoke alarms are working. And make sure that your home and contents insurance is up-to-date.
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​4. Be aware


Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area.

Check the NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW websites, apps and social media to stay informed.
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​5. Look out for each other


Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.
 
Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens. Everyone can help each other in many ways in a disaster.
Keep these 5 simple steps (pdf) on your fridge and start getting ready today.