Survival Kit

Setting up an emergency survival kit is an essential part of planning for the season.

Survival Kit

Things you’ll need in case of an emergency

Emergency agencies recommend having a kit ready with items that will help you survive and recover from a disaster.

You should keep your kit in a handy location, in a container or bag that’s big enough to add extra items when you’re responding to a specific disaster.

Some basic items to include:

  • Battery-powered, wind-up or solar-powered radio
  • Waterproof torch
  • Spare batteries for all devices
  • First aid kit and guide book
  • Toiletries including soap, handwash gels, alcohol wipes, toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste and sanitary items
  • Cash and a phone card
  • Woollen blankets
  • Candles with waterproof matches or glow sticks
  • Drinking water (consider having 10 litres per person to last three days)
  • Dried and long-life food to last three days, include a can opener and utensils
  • Waterproof bags for valuable items and documents
  • Copies of essential documents such as prescriptions and insurance details or a USB stick with scanned copies
  • Your written bushfire, cyclone, flood or emergency survival plan, including contact numbers of family or neighbours
  • Items of protective clothing suitable for likely emergencies in your area such as long-sleeved natural-fibre shirts for bushfire areas, protective footwear or rubber boots in flood areas.

If you need to relocate, include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Toiletries and a change of clothes
  • Mobile phone charger
  • ATM cards and credit cards
  • Important documents or valuables including passports, wills, photos, jewellery, insurance papers or mementoes

Don’t forget people with special needs in your family:

  • Mobility aids
  • Nappies and supplies for infants
  • Encourage children to pack their favourite toy, colouring books, pens and pencils, cards or board games
  • Items to keep your pets comfortable including a leash, basket, travelling cage and a familiar toy

Source
ABC Emergency

 

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