Prepare for an Emergency
"With so many houses across Australia exposed to the bushland, the reality is the closer to the bush you live, the higher the risk." Hazelbrook Fire Brigade.
For support and assistance to prepare for emergencies, please see the following:
'We thought we had a Plan - The family in this video experienced a bush fire in 2013. It's from their experience that they have discussed and tailored a plan that suits the needs of their family.
ABC Emergency Get ready and survive: Plan for an emergency - Learn what you and your family need to do to prepare for different hazards
Where to get information in an emergency:
In case of emergency call Triple Zero (000) for Police, Fire or Ambulance.
The Useful Information for Emergencies Info Kit below provides information and key contact details for local and state-wide services available to assist residents in an emergency including contacts for key emergency services, transport options, managing animals, local utilities, health services, safer places and evacuation centres, and where/how to get the latest emergency information.
Printing of this resource is funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Depending on the emergency, the following key emergency and transport services, which are listed in the Info Kit, may provide updates.
- NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) - for information on bushfires
- State Emergency Service (SES) - floods, storms & snow
- Fire and Rescue - for information on house and urban fires
- Police - for local police matters, call 000 in an emergency
- Emergency NSW - for general information about emergencies
- Live Traffic - for live updates and traveller information
- Public transport - for the latest public transport information
The Resilience & Preparedness Group aims to supports people working with the vulnerable through Community Sector Development.
Community Sector Development includes programs like:
- Planning for Emergencies, workshops for children’s services and community sector organisations to review or develop emergency plans; developed by Australian Red Cross in consultation with children’s services (partners in Stronger Families Alliance) and RFS.
Participants were interviewed before and after a workshop. See what brought community sector reps to Planning for Emergencies and what they thought afterwards about how they benefitted by attending.
Before the workshop:
After the workshop:
- Upskilling Volunteers, workshops developed by Mountains Community Resource Network and Red Cross (in consultation with local services) to support volunteers working with visiting vulnerable and at risk residents.
The forums and workshops are designed for active participation. In the lead up to initial roll-out of More Than A Fire Plan forums, volunteers from Red Cross and RFS visited local community groups, highlighting joint key messages and promoting the forums. Heads Up For Fire depends on identifying and training local street-level leadership to take the preparedness message into their street and local area.
Dates and details for all Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Activities for the Community Services Sector
will be advertised on this page as they are scheduled.