Fire, Flood, Storm, Tsunami & Quake SafetyStormsafe
“The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for storms in Victoria, which means that we are responsible for planning for storms and for managing storm response if they do occur.
It’s important to be aware of the dangers of severe weather and learn some simple, useful ways you can take responsibility for your own safety and that of your property.”
Things to think about when creating your Emergency Plan:
Who should I include in my plan?
Consider all members of your household including pets, regular visitors and people who may stay with you part-time.
What emergencies could affect me?
Think about where your property is located and the way it looks. Think broadly about the kinds of emergencies that could impact you. Don’t fall into the trap of focussing on one emergency at the expense of others.
Where will I go if I need to evacuate?
Make sure that you and your family all understand when and how you will leave, and where you will go. Think about the safest routes, and what you will need to take with you if you go.
Where will I find emergency information and warnings?
Know where to go for official emergency information. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers and website addresses handy, and know how to tune in to your local emergency broadcaster.
Where will I meet my family if we are separated?
Determine a safe meeting place in case you are separated, and make sure your family members, friends and neighbours are aware of the location.
What if I have special needs?
If you have special needs, you need to think carefully about your plan. If you have a carer or council support, ask them how to help you prepare or check over your plan.
Start by thinking about:
- Whether you will need help to leave your home
- Having a pre-arranged safer place to stay
- Whether you will need to take any special equipment with you
- Whether you will need an alternative power source to run life-support equipment
Even if you only need help from a neighbour, talking about it now will ease your mind and ensure everything is in place before an emergency occurs.
Red Cross Australia has excel- lent emergency planning advice for people with a disability and their carers.
Your home emergency kit should include everything that you and your family need to cope in an emergency. We have created a simple flyer that can help you put together your own emergency kit.
A basic home emergency kit should contain:
- Portable radio with spare batteries
- Torch with spare batteries
- First Aid kit
- A copy of your emergency plan • Bottled water
- Enough non-perishable food for three days
- Rubber gloves
- Food and special requirements for pets
If an emergency occurs, add the following items to your emergency kit:
- Important documents such as passports, birth certificates and insurance papers
- Mobile phone and charger
- Strong boots or shoes
- Medications and prescriptions
What to do in a storm
There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during storms. Remember, for storm emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call triple-zero (000).
What to do before the storm
Ensure you do the following before a severe storm arrives:
- Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. • If it is safe to do so, check gutters, downpipes and drains are not blocked.
- Park your car undercover and away from trees.
What to do during the storm
Ensure you do the following during a severe storm:
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Be prepared for power outages. Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
- Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater.
What to do after the storm
Ensure you do the following after a severe storm:
- Check your home and property for damage.
- Keep clear of damaged buildings, powerlines and trees.
- Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
- Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.