Is your area likely to be affected by flooding, storm surge, or
tsunami? Reseach local natural hazards for your area.
What support is available to you and your household in case of
emergency? Ask your local council or SES for details about
emergency evacuation zones and evacuation routes.
Based on the predicted wind speeds and storm surge heights, your
local authority might decide to evacuate residents. Tune into your
radio station to learn which locations local authorities have
nominated as safe places to shelter - called evacuation centres -
usually the town hall, school, or sporting complex. You will also
need to learn which evacuation routes are recommended as safe.
During a flood, you might simply need to move to higher ground,
so discuss in advance who might accommodate you, and list that
address on your Household Emergency
Plan. Take only essential items with you, as detailed in
your Emergency Kit and
If you are told to evacuate, wear warm, protective clothing and
shoes. Lock doors and windows, turn off power, gas, and water and
remember to take your Emergency Kit and
If you are advised to evacuate inland, take your pets and leave
early to avoid traffic congestion, flooding, and strong winds. If
you evacuate to an emergency centre take sleeping bags and blankets
and books or games for children. Leave pets protected by safe
shelter and with plenty of food and water.
To enable fast action in an emergency, draw a map of your
property and clearly mark the location of your electrical
switchboard, natural gas connection or tanks, water supply, and
solar inverter, and keep this in your Household Emergency Kit. Make
sure that everyone in your household knows the location and how to
shut off utilities.