The Gold Coast has had its fair share of natural disasters, and with a La Nina weather event now underway, we can expect wetter conditions and a higher chance of tropical cyclones this Summer.
While we hope disaster doesn’t strike, having conversations with our children is important to ensure they are educated and aware in case an emergency situation occurs.
What would they pack in an emergency kit? Where would they go if they had to evacuate home?
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We asked these questions to a bunch of kids at Arundel State school, and as expected, some of the responses were super cute!
Being prepared with an up-to-date emergency plan and emergency kit before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or putting yourself and those you love in danger.
An emergency kit is essential, and should include everything you and your family would need to survive if you lost access to drinking water, power, the internet and other services for up to three days.
Some important items to include are:
- bottled water
- tinned food
- torch with spare batteries
- portable phone charger
- battery radio with spare batteries
- medical kit
- copies of important documents in waterproof bags and
- any special needs for your family like infant formula or prescription medicines.
Having an emergency and evacuation plan can help buffer the impacts of a natural disaster on you and your family. Some questions to consider when putting together your plan include:
- Where would you meet your loved ones if you were separated?
- How would you get your children from school or childcare?
- Where you would go if you had to evacuate?
- How would you look after your pets and check in on your neighbours in an emergency?
- What alternative routes could you use if roads around your home / work / school / office were flooded or blocked?
To find out more, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/