Planning for an emergency

Like many communities across Australia, the Macleay can be exposed to a range of natural hazards, such as flooding, bush fires and severe storms. These events can occur at any time, often with little or no warning. While Council and emergency services work together to prevent and prepare for all types of emergencies, it is important that community members take responsibility for their family, pets, businesses and properties by having an emergency plan in place.

An emergency plan is not necessarily about evacuation but about ensuring any level of emergency can be survived with safety.

Some easy steps for households to take include:

  • Ensuring that your house number is clearly displayed on a letterbox or on a front fence and is visible from the roadway for emergency services
  • Keeping up to date with information through radio, websites and other social media outlets. Simple things like keeping your devices charged and keying in emergency phone numbers can help you stay connected and reassured.
  • Make a list of the preventative things you need to do before an event like ensuring supplies of food, fuel and batteries; eliminate unnecessary hazards by securing outdoor items and trim vegetation; make sure your house or property can be easily found from access roads; check your insurance and valuable personal records are updated and easily located; check your pets or livestock have adequate feed and a safe place to go; check your pumps, hoses and water tanks are available and working; move machinery and vehicles to higher ground; clear spaces in garages and sheds that might be needed in an emergency for refuge.
  • During an event, keep in touch with your neighbours and family, talk about warning signals to decide when emergency action must be taken, don’t take unnecessary risks by driving around; keep others informed of your movements.

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