With the bushfire threat above normal in much of the country, Red Cross CEO Judy Slatyer says there's never been a better time to take action to save money and heartache.
"We've seen the devastation of record breaking emergencies in South Asia and the Americas. You may be thinking that it's overwhelming and there's no way to be ready - but in reality, it's simple.
"By thinking about how you might react in an emergency, and what you might need, you are on the way to preparing an emergency plan that's right for you and your loved ones.
"And planning out in your mind about how you would cope, means you'll be less stressed if you ever have to face an emergency."
Ms Slatyer said there are four simple things people can do to prepare:
• Start a conversation with your family and neighbours, so in an emergency you can better help each other and recover faster.
• Fill out your RediPlan - Red Cross' free guide to getting prepared.
• Get packing. Build an emergency kit and identify those precious things that are impossible to replace so you take them with you if you evacuate.
• Prepare your mind. Look after your wellbeing. The more prepared you are for emergencies, the less stressful they become and you're more likely to have a sense of control.
BE READY WITH RED CROSS
From September 18-24, Australian Red Cross runs its annual Disaster Preparedness Week urging Australians to do one simple thing to prepare for a disaster. Take one step to prepare yourself, your family and home for an emergency. Visit redcross.org.au/prepare