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Make an Emergency Plan

Your Emergency Plan let’s you and your household plan ahead so you know exactly what to do, where to go and how to keep in touch with each other during an emergency.

Make an Emergency kit

One of the easiest and most important things you can do to prepare for an emergency is to prepare an emergency kit. Use a checklist to gather items you’ll need to stay safe and informed.


Keep a battery-powered radio in your Emergency Kit.

Make an Evacuation Kit

Planning for an evacuation now can save you time and stress in the event of an emergency. Consider what you'd need to take with you, and prepare an evacuation kit for your household.

Home insurance

Make sure your home insurance is adequate and covers all hazards in your area.

Emergency contacts

Keep emergency contacts and key numbers handy.

Download resources

Download the ACT Government's "Your Guide to Preparing for an Emergency" and "Your Emergency Grab and Go Booklet"

Learn about local procedures

Learn about your local government’s emergency preparedness and review evacuation zones and routes.

First aid

Take a First Aid course or update your certification.

Discuss with family

Discuss possible scenarios and responses with family.

Stay informed

Stay informed and know how to tune into warnings and alerts.

Home and yard

Ensure that your home and yard are well maintained.

Appliances and devices

Be aware of appliances and other devices that may not work without power or gas such as garage doors, heating/cooling, telephone or kitchen appliances.


Keep your pantry stocked with non-perishable food items that don’t require cooking.


Get to know your neighbours.


Learn how to turn off all mains including power, water, gas and solar power.

Smoke alarms

Install smoke alarms and test them regularly.

Create a safety plan for your zombie

If you have a zombie in your family, be sure to take extra steps to prepare to keep everyone safe.

Support group

If you are elderly or have a disability, it is especially important that you build a personal support group of family, friends and caregivers. Discuss your needs and make sure you understand each other’s expectations in the event of an emergency.

Share with your support group

Share your emergency plan and emergency kit, and plan how to communicate with your support group.

Spare keys

Provide spare keys to your support group to access your house during an emergency. This is especially important if you are elderly, have a disability or are a vulnerable person (pregnant etc.).


Keep a seven-day supply of any essential medications.

Medical alert ID

Wear a medical alert ID to identify disability or health issue.

Check in with neighbours

If you are elderly or have a disability, ask a friend, relative or neighbour to check on you after an emergency.

If you have a disability, list your specific needs

If you have a disability, keep a list of your specific needs, limitations, capabilities and medications.

Back-up generator

Plan ahead if anyone in your household needs life-support equipment and find a back-up generator.

Your nearest hospital

Know the location of your nearest hospital in case of emergency.

Service provider assistance

Consider asking your disability service provider for assistance and information on your emergency plan.

Equipment operation

Make sure members of your support network understand how to operate any equipment needed by people with disability or chronic health conditions.

Communication plan

If you have a communication disability, write down the best way to communicate with you and keep it in your emergency plan.

Emergency kit extras for elderly

If you have an elderly household member, consider keep an extra pair of glasses and spare medication in your emergency kit.

Mobility aids

If a member of your household uses a walking aid or mobility aid, consider placing spares in different rooms throughout your home; keeping them assessable at all times.

Hearing aids for the elderly

If an elderly member of your household (or any member of your household) uses hearing aids, keep extra batteries for the aids in your emergency kit. Replace them annually so you're never caught out.

Spare mobility or medical equipment

If you or a member of your household uses mobility equipment, medical equipment or similar, consider storing back-up equipment at your neighbour’s home, school or your workplace.

Wheelchair or mobility aids

If you use an electric wheelchair or mobility aid, keep a manual wheelchair for back-up if possible.

Your baby's records

Keep a copy of your baby's medical and immunisation records along with contact information for your health care providers in your emergency kit.

Essential items for infants

Include essential baby items in your emergency kit including nappies, bottles and extra baby clothes.

Emergency planning with children

Involve your children when creating your emergency plan.

Discuss scenarios with children

Discuss possible emergency scenarios and responses with your children.

Disaster education

Teach your children about extreme weather and natural disasters.

Emergency responses and emotions

Learn about how your children might respond to an emergency.

Get pets ready

Get your pets and animals ready: keep a pet carrier, leash or harness close-at-hand and check if your local evacuation centre will accept pets.

Evacuation kits for pets

Include items for your pets in your emergency and evacuation kits.

Emergency plan for pets

Keep a list of important numbers for your pet in your Emergency Plan.

ID tags for pets

Keep your pet's ID up to date with your contact details and make sure your pet is microchipped.

Leaving pets behind

If you must leave your pet behind, lock them indoors with food and water.


Ensure your pet's vaccinations and licenses are up to date.

Transporting birds

If you need to transport or evacuate your bird, transport them in a secure travel cage or carrier.

District: Neighbours

Get to know your neighbours.

District: Local hazards

Understand your community risk - research your local hazards.

Update your contact details

Stay informed of weather warnings and ensure your contact details are up-to-date so authorities can contact you in an emergency.

District: Newcomers

Talk to people new to your area about local hazards and the ‘ACT First' and ESA website

District: resources

Know what resources are available to you and your community and what your personal responsibilities are.

District: Special skills

Get together with your neighbours and list those with special skills that will benefit your community; make a list of tools and equipment your neighbours can share.

District: Unite as a community

Unite as a community to overcome the extreme weather events and other hazards.

Volunteer and get to know your community

Whether you’re a long-term resident in your area or newly arrived, volunteering is a great way to meet new people, while giving to the community.