Getting prepared is the first important step in becoming more
resilient. Involve the whole household when preparing your Harden Up Plan. You can assess your
preparedness progress and share your Harden Up Plan with family and
friends on Facebook, which will encourage others to get
Your Household Emergency
Plan enables you and your household to plan ahead so you
know what to do, where to go, how to keep in touch with each other,
and how to contact emergency services, if required. Involve all
household members when you develop your emergency plan, to ensure
everyone understands the risks and appropriate actions to take in
Print a copy of the Emergency Plan with your agreed
plans and strategies for each of these issues. Once completed, make
extra copies of your Emergency Plan for each household
member, your family, friends, neighbours and the two emergency
contacts listed on your plan.
Record evacuation details on you Emergency Plan and
display your completed plan on your fridge or notice
board. Be sure to place a copy of your Emergency Plan in your Emergency Kit.
To ensure that all family members are familiar with your
Household Emergency Plan, you should take everyone through your
plan on a regular basis, as often as every three months. Elderly
people and children will really benefit from repeated
Choose a convenient time when all family members are available
and likely to apply their full attention. Ask questions to
determine whether each person understands the plan. Be aware that
elderly people and children could nod in agreement, without
Encourage everyone to contribute suggestions and ask questions,
so that everyone feels involved, confident, and resilient. As
children grow older they will understand more and can take on
greater responsibility, so be sure to encourage them to do so.
On the other hand, older members of your family might develop
significant concern about how they'll cope in a dangerous
situation, so be patient and allow them to express any concerns
they might have about the Emergency Plan. Encourage them to talk
about their experiences during natural disasters, so that other
family members might benefit. Talking about those memories could
also alleviate their concern.
Being prepared for an emergency can save lives, and help people
to recover and get back up on their feet more quickly. The
Australian Red Cross Emergency REDiPlan assists people to be
better prepared, better connected to each other, and more resilient
when emergencies happen. Four simple steps will help you to prepare
- be informed; make a plan; get an emergency kit; and know your
The Bureau of Meteorology provides warnings of dangerous weather
to the Australian community, with the aim of minimising injury and
damage. This information is transmitted to authorities such as
Police, Emergency Management Queensland, State Emergency Service
(SES), and to radio and television stations.
Tune to your local ABC radio station for warnings and
advice. Details of your local ABC radio frequency and local
web-page can be obtained from www.abc.net.au/local
Familiarise and your household with the alert sound - Standard
Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) - used to alert Queenslanders when
disasters loom or a major emergency happens.
Emergency Alert is the national telephone based emergency
warning system that sends messages via landlines based on the
location of the handset and mobile phones based on an individual's
The system provides emergency service organisations with another
way to warn communities in the event of an emergency such as
bushfire and extreme weather events. You don't have to sign up for
But don't simply rely on receiving a message; individuals and
communities must still prepare themselves in case of an
Details of any current alerts for Queensland are available
through the Queensland's
Disaster Management Services website. Alternatively, visit the
Alert web site for Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency
Alert telephone messaging.
Parents who provide their children with mobile phones will need
to explain to their child what to do if they receive a message. If
a child receives a telephone warning when they are at school, the
child must follow the emergency management arrangements currently
in place at their school.
Telephone-based emergency warnings do not replace existing
workplace emergency arrangements. Individuals must follow
current emergency management arrangements in place at their
Early Warning Network - Brisbane and Townsville City Councils
are partners and residents in those areas can register free for
early warnings of severe weather approaching the area.
The Australian Early Warning Network (EWN) provides emergency
alerts covering everything from tsunamis through to severe weather.
EWN monitors and tracks potentially dangerous weather systems and
uses the network to alert people directly in the path of an event
such as a thunderstorm with the potential for hail, flash flooding
or damaging winds.