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Your family emergency kit

KitOne of the most important things you can do to help keep your family safe is to put together a family emergency kit. This is a collection of everyday items -- most of which you can get at your local supermarket or hardware store -- that you and your family will need in case of emergencies like floods, storms, power outages or other times when you may not have access to normal utilities or may have to evacuate.

Choose a sturdy, easy-to-carry bag or storage box for your emergency kit. If you can't complete an emergency kit all at once, buy or gather one item each week until your kit is complete.

Items that should be in your emergency kit at all times

  • Portable radio with spare batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Candles and waterproof matches
  • First aid kit
  • Important papers, including a list of emergency contact numbers
  • A copy of your family emergency plan (indicating actions to be taken during emergencies)
  • A waterproof bag for valuables and mementoes (such as photograph albums, jewellery and special toys for your children)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Items to put in your emergency kit when floods, storms or other emergencies are predicted
  • A good supply of required medication
  • Any special requirements for babies and the disabled, infirm or elderly
  • Strong shoes
  • Fresh food and drinks
  • Basic provisions for your pets


For more information, call the SES on 1800 201 000.