Home Emergency Advice

Create an emergency kit for your home

The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) advises every home to prepare a basic emergency kit that includes:

  • Battery-powered radio
  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Gloves
  • Safe drinking water
  • Long-life food (e.g. canned food)
  • Spare batteries
  • Copies of important documents and records
  • Your family’s emergency plan

Check your kit often to make sure things work, and replace any out-of-date items.

For more advice on how to prepare your home for an emergency, read the Victorian SES’ home emergency plan booklet here.

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A torch is an important part of every emergency kit

Is your home cyclone-ready?

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Are you prepared for next storm season?

The Cyclone Testing Station, in collaboration with the Queensland, Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments, suggests the following precautions to minimise the risk of cyclone damage to your home.

Keep your house in good condition, paying particular attention to checking and fixing any of the following:

  • Corrosion
  • Rotten timber
  • Termite damage
  • Loose fixings

Ask a qualified builder to check critical areas in and around your home such as:

  • Roof
  • Gable end walls
  • Doors and windows
  • Garage doors
  • Roof eaves
  • Leaks

Also ensure any outdoor objects that could be blown around in a cyclone and become flying debris are properly fixed and not loose.

For more advice on how to prepare your home for a cyclone, read the CTS’ brochure here.

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