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How to prepare for a storm

Simple steps you can take now to help you prepare for a storm.

There are four key steps to staying safe and preparing for a storm emergency.



Get in the know about your storm risk and plan your alerts

Storms bring lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong winds that can damage homes, block roads and cut power supplies.

In an emergency, things can change quickly.

It’s important to have reliable, current information from a trusted source. Links to your state-based emergency responder are here:

Other recommended sources of up-to-date information are the ABC Emergency page and Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings online.

Tip: Tune into your local ABC radio for information about your area, including help identifying flash flooding locations and road closures, and nearby evacuation and recovery centres.



Get connected and plan who you will need to find in a storm emergency

In an emergency, you’ll need to contact some key people. Identify who they are and what you need from them. Also think about where your emergency meeting place will be. 

  • Swap phone numbers with a neighbour or other local contact you can reach out to in an emergency.
  • Follow your local area social media feeds to connect with people in your community.
  • Make sure your family and other key contacts know where you intend to go if your home is flooded and what plan you will make to meet them there.
  • Know the plans of your children’s school or care centre if there is an emergency.
  • Plan for where your pets or animals might need to go if there is flooding.



Get organised and save or store important personal documents

Important personal and insurance documents will make recovery following a storm emergency easier.

Here's an important documents checklist that could help prove your identity and property ownership:

  Drivers licence
  Birth certificates
  Marriage certificate
  Medical documentation
  Property titles
  Bank and financial documents
  Insurance documents

Tip: Ask your doctor to store important medical information, including the names and doses of medications.



Get packing for the storm emergency and beyond

Pack your important documents, prepare a survival kit and think about precious items that will be important to your recovery.

Important documents can be scanned and loaded onto a laptop or hard drive, or copied and kept safe in a waterproof bag or box.

A Survival Kit includes things you’ll need if there’s no safe drinking water, if roads are cut off, shops closed and power down. Here's a checklist to get yours started:

  Mobile phone
  Chargers and batteries
  Medicines and first aid supplies
  Protective clothing
  Non-perishable food

Recovery items are familiar possessions that give you comfort. They can include:

  Sentimental items, like photos, jewellery, family memorabilia.
  Children’s most-loved toys.
  Laptops and chargers. Laptops are useful for storing scanned documents, for staying connected, for entertainment and to archive photos.


  • Clean up your garden and balcony. Secure or store loose items that could blow around.
  • Trim trees and branches around your house to stop them falling on your property.
  • Clear gutters, down pipes and drains of leaves and blockages.
  • Check your roof and fix any damage, including broken or missing tiles.


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