Get in the know

Getting in the know is your vital first step toward being prepared for an emergency.
  • Anticipate what might cause you stress “being separated from family, the noise of the wind” Write these down
  • Identify how you might react to these things. “I get quiet and withdrawn” “My heart starts to race” write these down
  • Think how you might manage these reactions. Deep breathing. Saying calming words: “I can do this”, “I’m prepared for this”

Emergencies can be very stressful. To help keep your stress levels down and make better decisions in an emergency, it’s good to know, and have practised, a way to manage your stress. Elite sports people and performers use techniques like these to help them get their best performance.

  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Heatwave
  • Cyclone
  • Storm
  • Public disturbance
  • Power outage
  • Medical

Ambulance, Police, Fire Triple Zero (000)

SES (flood and storm) 132 500

Poisons Information Line 13 11 26

Lifeline 13 11 14

The ABC is the official emergency broadcaster. It will provide essential up to date information, including advice from authorities and support available. You can find your radio frequency at ABC Local Radio.

You can also subscribe to ABC Emergency on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date with conditions and official Police, Fire, SES social media feeds.

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