With reports in the news that fire season is already well and truly upon us in some areas of Australia, it is now, during the final months of spring that we should take the time to get ready for what promises to be a very hot and dry El Nino summer.
In Brisbane of 2011 a lot of people were sure that the floods of 1974 would never happen again, maybe it took 37 years, but it happened again. As a mud army volunteer, I experienced first hand the heartache at witnessing lives who had lost everything. We need to learn lessons from that disaster and act now. So, in the interests of the ‘bigger picture’ I have found some great links on how we can prepare ourselves for extreme weather events. Another life skill that needs to be passed on to our kids.
Each of us can do more ‘now’ to prepare for any future possible events to save ourselves, our properties and our belongings.
- This great local (Aussie) resource available via the Gold Coast City Council it is a PDF brochure titled “Disaster Management At Home” it provides a 3 step plan complete with phone numbers and radio station frequency lists (which you could tailor to your own area) and checklists for what to keep in an Emergency Kit; Surviving Severe Storms; Surviving Bushfires and more. Very simple, straight forward and done in easy to read bullet points.
- To help prepare your house/home to cope with natural disasters check out the Queensland Government Emergency Website which has heaps of information on how to prepare against flood, cyclone, hail, fire and other natural disasters which are likely to occur in your area tailored to the challenges presented by specific disaster. It gives checklists for routine maintenance and general home preparations. You will also find all manner of resources on this website to help you cope with evacuation strategies; technology and infrastructure failures; business preparedness; and what to do with children; special needs cases and pets. Make sure you also view ‘Bushfire Safety’ on the Queensland Rural Fire Service packed with essential information. The ‘RACQ‘ also has a very comprehensive page on how to prepare for all sorts of Natural Disasters.
- This last link is via the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) of which I am a member. Every September NAPO is part of a nationwide event (in the USA) called National Preparedness Month. It is an initiative which focusses on quote: ”changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and will help Americans understand what it truly means to be ready for emergencies that may arise at home, at work, or in the world. Preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks, and extra food in the pantry. Being Ready includes: preparing an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses, and getting involved in community efforts.” unquote. While this is an American initiative, the ‘Build A Kit’ covers all manner of natural disaster preparation, and has publications, forms and checklists available for download including how to keep food and water safe and clean for extended periods of time. The information on this site is also available in many different languages.
Be sure to bookmark these links for future reference, you never know when you may need them. Stay safe this bushfire season and to all those fire fighters and emergency service personnel out there, thank you for all the wonderful work that you do.
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