Prepare an Evacuation Kit

If you live in a low-lying coastal area or an area that has experienced major flooding or cyclones in the past, preparing an evacuation kit now could save you time and stress in the event of storm surge or flood. Keep all contents of your Evacuation Kit in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and store in a safe place that is easy to access.

Your household Evacuation Kit is an addition to your Emergency Kit. Keep your Evacuation Kit in a waterproof storage box or bag and store the kit in a safe place, where it's within easy reach. You might be tempted to store the kit in a storage cupboard, on the top shelf, out of reach and out of sight. However, in an emergency you don't want to waste time searching through cupboards or under beds trying to remember where you stored the kit and you won't want to waste time finding a ladder or chair so you can reach the kit, in an emergency. Make sure that all members of your household know where your emergency and evacuation kits are stored.

Items to include in your Evacuation Kit:

  • Multiple changes of clothes for all household members stored in watertight plastic bags (long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats and strong shoes are recommended)
  • Extra essential medicines and repeat prescriptions
  • Extra first aid supplies, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletry and sanitary supplies
  • Extra food and water
  • Originals or certified copies of important documents (see Emergency Kit list for full details)
  • Pillows, sleeping bags and blankets for each household member
  • Books and games for children
  • Extra baby formula, food and nappies (if required)
  • Valuables, photos (prints, compact disks, USB data stick etc) and mementos in waterproof plastic bags
  • Extra money as cash
  • Mobile phone, spare battery and charger - all in a sealed plastic bag


Keep original or certified copies of all the following documents in your Emergency Kit and your Evacuation Kit.

Scan copies of these documents and save on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit as well. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.

  • Insurance papers for house and contents Insurance papers for vehicles andvaluable items
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills and life insurance documents
  • House deeds and mortgage documents
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports and visa details
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicare and pension cards
  • Immunisation records
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • Back-up copies of important computer files
  • Copy of household Emergency Plan
  • Emergency contact telephone numbers