Get Home ready

If anything, do these 3 simple things to make sure you're ready

Step 1

Create a household emergency plan

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A household emergency plan will help protect what matters most - you, your loved ones and your pets. It includes knowing the best way to leave your home in an emergency, where to meet and how to contact one another if separated.

  1. List the household members and their contact number
  2. Decide where you will meet following an emergency situation List the name and contact details for someone outside the area who you can all check in with if you can't meet up
  3. Draw a plan of the house showing escape routes and places you can shelter during a storm or earthquake
  4. Detail how to turn off water, electricity and gas if required


You have an emergency plan for your house.
Keep it in a place where it is visible to all household members. 

Make an online household emergency plan here

Step 2

Assemble and maintain emergency items

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Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies is easy. A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for about 3 days. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have.

Many emergency or disaster situations could leave you and your loved ones stranded at home for days. Keep a supply of the following items in your house:



First aid kit

Torch and Radio

Blankets or sleeping bags

Non-perishable (canned or dried) food



Following a disaster you may need to leave your home with no advance warning and you may not be able to return. It is useful to know what essential documents and personal items you will need to take with you and where to find them quickly:

  • Documentation and identification such as insurance policies, passports, drivers licenses, mortgage documents
  • Mobility aids and hearing aids with spare batteries
  • Extra supplies of any special dietary requirements
  • Pet supplies
  • Precious family photos

If you would like to be even more prepared check out the Go a step further section below.

If you need to evacuate your home, you may not have much time to prepare so it's worth putting together a getaway kit and keeping it in a handy place. You'll want to tailor this to your household's specific needs, but consider including:

  • Torch and radio with spare batteries
  • Any special needs such as hearing aids and spare batteries, glasses or mobility aids
  • Emergency water and easy-to-carry food rations such as energy bars and dried foods in case there are delays in reaching a civil defence centre or a place where you might find support. If you have any special dietary requirements, ensure you have extra supplies
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Essential items for infants or young children such as formula and food, nappies and a favourite toy
  • Change of clothes (wind/waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes)
  • Toiletries – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, hand sanitiser, sanitary items, toilet paper
  • Phone charger and essential contact numbers
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Face and dust masks
  • Pet supplies

Include important documents in your getaway kit: identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences and passports), financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information), and precious family photos. You may want to save scans of your documents onto a memory stick or save them in the cloud.

Step 3

Get connected

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In an emergency or disaster situation you'll need to know how to get information and how to connect with people around you in your community. Now is a good time to connect so you'll be ready if a disaster situation occurs.

  1. Connect with your local Civil Defence:

    -  Follow Civil Defence on Facebook and Twitter
    -  Learn what radio stations Civil Defence will broadcast through in your area in a disaster situation

  2. Connect with your neighbours

    -  Share contact details with your neighbours so you can contact one another if an emergency occurs
    -  Tell your neighbours about your emergency plan and ask about their plans
    -  Find out who amongst your neighbours may be able to help you or may need your help in a disaster
    -  Contact Neighbourhood Support to find out if a network exists in your neighbourhood

  3. Connect with your community

    -  Create a network with at least 3 other people where you all let each each other know that a Civil Defence alert is issued
    -  Join a local online community through sites like Facebook or Twitter. If one doesn't exist for your area, consider creating one
    -  Check out the community section for more information

Be prepared for an evacuation

  • Take your Getaway Kit
  • Turn off electricity and water
  • Turn off gas only if you suspect a leak or informed by authorities
  • Take your pets with you