While trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are helping bushfire-affected communities across NSW, it's a timely reminder for us all to have a plan in case we ever have to face a disaster like a bushfire.
We are encouraging people to reach out to their families and loved ones, download an emergency plan and work through it together.
There are some simple steps you can take to be better prepared and we have lots of resources to help you.
Over the many years we have been supporting people during times of disaster we have come to learn that being prepared can help get you back on your feet more quickly. Thinking through in advance where you would go in the event of a disaster, knowing your neighbours and getting your insurance up-to-date are items on your to-do list you should be ticking off right now.
Even the little things make a big difference like thinking about your personal treasures and what you might miss, and figuring out a way to ensure you have those items at the ready. For some people that we've assisted over the years, knowing that their child has a favourite blanket or toy handy can make a huge difference. For other people, it's the priceless photos. What are some of your personal treasures?
These resources that we refer to as our 'preparedness' tools are available on this page, so take a look, get your family together and make a plan.
Emergency REDiPlan: four easy-to-follow steps to prepare.
Step 1: Be informed
Step 2: Make a plan
Step 3: Get an emergency kit
Step 4: Know your neighbours
Being prepared for an emergency can save lives and enable you and your loved ones to get back on your feet more quickly.
Emergencies happen. Protect your loved ones. You've got too much to lose if you don't.
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