Disaster Preparedness Quiz

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1. Getting separated from loved ones is one of the most stressful things a person can go through in an emergency. You can reduce the risk by planning ahead.
Which meeting place or places should you and your family identify and agree on?


D. All of the above


Emergencies and disasters often occur without warning. Since you can't predict where you and your loved ones will be during a disaster or where the emergency will happen, it's important to have identified at least three places you are all familiar with. Planning ahead makes sure you all know where to go.

Did you know?


During an emergency the Register.Find.Reunite service matches registrations from people affected by an emergency to enquiries made by their loved ones searching for news.

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2. You have to leave the house in a hurry. You have not prepared an emergency kit and only have a few minutes to get out. What are the MOST important items to grab?


E. All of the above


Take the time to plan and pack an emergency kit filled with the essentials you need to grab in an emergency. A full list of suggested items to pack is listed on the Australian Red Cross website.

Did you know?

Did you know there is a fast, easy and secure way to prove who you are? Download the free Australia Post Digital iD app to help relieve some of the stress when disaster occurs.

Having your identity confirmed and key identifying documents such as passport, driver’s licence and your Medicare card pre-loaded and available electronically on your phone means you can feel more in control – especially if you need to apply for replacement documentation.

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3. Our climate is changing. Disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. When disaster strikes, who are often the first to respond and help?


B. Neighbours

The people most likely to help you in an emergency are your neighbours, along with your friends and family.

Get prepared tip

It’s a good idea to have at least three key people you could call for help in an emergency. Identify your support network of people you can talk to, including someone nearby who could help. Have a chat with neighbours about what you can do together to lessen the impact of disasters in your community.

4. True or False:

Local hotels and shelters are happy to house your pets alongside you during an emergency.


A. False

Many hotels and shelters DO NOT accept animals (except assistance animals).

Get prepared tip

It’s important to have an emergency plan for your pets too!

Plan for where your animals can stay during an emergency. Also think about who you would call to help you if an emergency happens while you’re away from home – we suggest that you introduce your neighbours to your pets, so if something were to go wrong, someone nearby would be able to help.

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5. Who should be involved when creating your emergency plan?


D. All of the above

Everyone needs to be involved.

Remember that your neighbours are most likely to help you in an emergency, so it’s worth starting a conversation with them about your plan so that you can support each other.

Remember to get the kids involved!

Australian Red Cross Pillowcase workshops have been delivered in thousands of schools across Australia, often by our volunteers. The workshop encourages children to be active participants in their own emergency preparedness by asking them to decorate and fill a pillowcase with the essentials they would take with them in an emergency.

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6. When an emergency strikes, where should you go to get information on the emergency incident in your area?


B. Your local emergency broadcaster


Did you know

When emergency events strike, being prepared, knowing your neighbours and staying connected with your community can make a difference.

Find your local emergency broadcaster that will provide essential up to date information before, during and after an emergency event to support the safety of communities.

Make sure you have a battery-operated radio in your emergency kit.

To access additional incident information, visit your state emergency services.

7. How long does it take to recover from a disaster?


D. Depends on the impact

Studies from the University of Melbourne show it can take years to recover.

Our research shows that getting prepared means people make good decisions during and after disasters, and this reduces stress and can help you recover better from a disaster.

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Having a plan that helps you continue your life if the worst happens can help you stay calmer and recover better. From all the disasters Red Cross has responded to, we know the more connected a community is and the more prepared you are, the more resilient we are together.

Congratulations on completing the quiz!

After taking this quiz, do you feel more informed about how to prepare for emergencies?

What action/s do you now intend to take to prepare for emergencies?

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