PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED WITH THIS EMERGENCY KIT CHECKLIST

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From hailstormsto dust storms and devastating bushfires, Australia’s weather patterns are increasingly unpredictable. Natural disasters can strike anywhere, at any time, and with little warning.

With our country’s ongoing bushfire season, it’s vital to prepare for any emergency that’s why we must best equip ourselves in the event of an emergency. 

So, whether you plan on staying at home or evacuating to safer ground, being organised and having an emergency plan can make all the difference.

To help you stay prepared during and after an emergency, we’ve created a handy emergency kit checklist below.

Emergency kit checklist

First aid kit

If someone gets injured during an emergency, you’d want to be sure you have the right medical supplies and tools on hand. That’s why first aid kits are an essential item in every emergency kit. They can be purchased from any good pharmacy or hardware store, and if your family requires any additional medical items, they can be bought separately and be added to personalise your first aid kit.

Torch

If and when the power goes out and you’re left in the dark, you’ll want some source of light. This is why a torch is vital to your emergency kit. Make sure the batteries are new and store them in the same bag compartment as the torch. Always pack spare batteries so you have a backup energy source in case the batteries run out. Never rely on your mobile phone for light – you’re better off reserving the power on your phone for communication purposes. In addition to a battery powered torch, consider packing a wind up torch. Some of these even contain a rechargeable battery inside that will store the electrical current for a certain period of time – making it a reliable source of light in a crisis situation.

Protective clothing and sunscreen

While many people remember to take sunscreen and insect repellent -protective clothing is extremely important too. So aside from hats and sunglasses, ensure you pack protective clothing such as heavy-duty gloves, boots and clothes made from natural, breathable fibres – this means both thin linens for summer and warm woollens for winter.

Medical supplies or equipment

If you or anyone in your family takes regular medication, ensure you have a back-up supply in your emergency kit. Take into consideration that in an emergency, there’s a possibility you may not be able to return home for a while. With this in mind put any vital medical prescriptions in your pack, and a list of recommended dosages. This way you’re not left without important medicine your life might depend on. If you have babies, it’s worth having a nappy supply and spare baby bottle and formula too.

Radio and batteries

Being able to be connected during an emergency is of paramount importance. Packing a radio will help you stay connected to the outside world and informed about any emergency or news updates. Always remember to pack its matching batteries, or alternatively, you can opt for a battery-free wind up radio.

Phone battery pack

Not being able to communicate with friends and family during emergency situations can be isolating and stressful. So, it’s imperative to not only pack a charger, but in case you don’t have access to a power point, it’s also vital to pack a spare battery pack and portable charger.

Pet supplies

We know pets are our fur babies, so remember to factor your four-legged friend into the mix. Pack pet food, medication, a blanket, and make sure your furry family member is registered and microchipped.

Bottled water

After an emergency occurs, it’s usually not recommended to drink tap water until authorities have advised it’s safe to do so. You can stock up on bottled water or store tap water in airtight bottles or containers for up to 12 months. If you label when you filled the bottle, you’ll be able to track when the water needs to be refreshed. Make an annual note in your diary to remind yourself when the water needs to be changed.

Long life food

Take into account how many people you need to feed in your family and cater to babies and pets. Stock up on non-perishable, high energy meals, drinks and snacks – such as protein bars, beef jerky, granola bars, trail mix and canned foods – that will last at least four days.

Cash

If an emergency event were to occur it could affect power, meaning ATMs and banks may not be operating. Although many people don’t carry large wads of cash, having some cash on hand will help meet urgent needs.

Double check your insurance

Make sure your home and contents insurance is up-to-date and that the sum insured amount is sufficient enough to cover your property and valuables. Keeping your insurer and policy details in a safe place will make it easier for you to contact them in case of an emergency. But don’t stress. If you do experience an emergency and you don’t happen to have your policy details, you can rest easy knowing we have access to your details on file.

All of these emergency kit items can be purchased from your local supermarket or hardware store. Avoid spending unnecessary money by using camping gear or items you may already have around your home.

And finally, once you have your emergency kit read, keep it in a safe and accessible spot and make sure all the adults in the family know where it is. Above all, if you are caught in an emergency situation, don’t take unnecessary risks, always stick together and you will keep your loved ones safe.