Packing a kit of items that will help you during and after an emergency is an important way to prepare.
Organising the things that will help you gain a sense of control after an emergency is the next step to being prepared.
Things for survival and recovery
Think about the practical things you'll need during and after an emergency. There are two types of items you should think about:
When thinking about recovery items to pack in your kit, think about how you will:
Get your essentials together
Packing your survive and recover emergency kit can be satisfying and fun, especially for the kids. So get together with everyone in your household or your personal support network to make a list of what you'll need.
Suggested items for your emergency kit include:
- Special medical supplies or equipment
- First aid kit
- Protective clothing/blankets
- Pet essentials
- Scans or photocopies of important documents
- Copies of videos and photos
- Photographs of valuable household items
Download your Red Cross RediPlan for more information on how to pack an emergency kit.
Most of the things you need will be at a supermarket, hardware store or even the $2 shop. Remember you may already have useful items around the home, such as camping equipment. Some useful emergency items can be purchased from the Red Cross online shop.
Store your an emergency kit where it's easy to access-close to an escape route in your house, or in a shed. Mark your kit clearly, and put some reflective tape on it so it can be seen easily in darkness. Make sure everyone in your household and personal safety network knows where it is.
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Don't underestimate the power of talking to others about emergencies and what we can all do to prepare.
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