It’s essential that everyone knows what to do in emergencies such as bushfires, storms, flash floods and lightning.
Use a battery operated radio from your emergency kit to listen to the local ABC station for instructions from emergency services and the SES. You can also keep across updates on social media (for example, Facebook and Twitter), and there are also numerous emergency services apps (for example, Australian Fires Bushfire Map).
Seek refuge as high as you can and call emergency services for help. Stay away from windows inside your home.
If you’re driving, turn on hazard lights and pull over to the side of the road. Keep clear of causeways, streams, creeks, drains, trees and power lines. Never drive or walk through floodwater.
Listen for instructions on the radio. If the property starts to break up, protect yourself with a rug, blanket, mattress or shelter under a bench or table. Don’t assume the danger has passed in the eye of the cyclone – make sure you wait for the all clear.
If trapped in a car, put on the hand brake and park away from trees and power lines.
Whether you stay or go can depend on how close the bushfire is to you and what preparations you’ve made previously. Make sure you follow instructions from emergency services. If you stay, take shelter far away from the fire. Move to an area such as a driveway, lawn or to already burnt ground. Do not return inside for any reason.
If you’re inside the property, soak towels and place under external doors to prevent smoke entering. Close all doors and take refuge in a room that has a door or exit leading outside and wait until it’s clear to leave.
Leaving immediately after a fire has passed is dangerous, as there may be risks such as fallen trees and power lines. Listen to the radio or check with the local police for when it’s safe to leave.
Find the best shelter such as a stairwell or walls with reinforced pipes on the lowest floor of the building. Stay clear of windows and glass doors. Listen to the local radio for alerts of high winds or a tornado.
If you’re outside, seek cover away from the wind and protect your head. Keep your face away from windows if inside a vehicle.
If it’s likely you may need to evacuate, follow these important steps:
Make sure your home and contents insurance is up-to-date and the sum insured amount is enough to rebuild or replace your contents. It’s a good idea to have your insurer’s details in your emergency kit, so if you need to you can contact them in a hurry.
Cover is subject to your application for insurance being accepted.
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