Discuss evacuation location


Discuss where you could go if you need to evacuate and the tasks you need to complete before evacuating

Based on the predicted wind speeds and storm surge heights, your local authority might decide to evacuate residents. Tune into your local ABC 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 Evacuation Kit.

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 Evacuation Kit. 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 with your Household Emergency Plan.