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Emergency Preparedness Scenario for Cyclone - Moving to an Evacuation Centre

  • Linda is a typical Mum busy with her daily life – organising the house, getting kids ready for school and taking them in, going to work to pay the bills, picking kids up and taking them to after-school sport and activities and then home again to organise their evening meal – life can get very busy.
  • Dan is up early and gone to his high pressure job, his thoughts are focussed on managing the company's daily issues and looks forward to the weekend for a break as he nears the point of exhaustion.
  • The weekend proves to be anything but relaxing with more work for both parents as each need to catch up on their jobs at home. Dan is interrupted and called back to work leaving his jobs at home half done. Linda – frustrated, does what she can to help the situation. Another exhausting day with only the basic domestic jobs done...Sunday might be a better day to catch up.
  • The weather warnings on the radio & TV go un-noticed over the weekend due to the distractions faced by a busy young family working hard to make a living.
  • Overnight heavy rain soon causes flooding along major sections of the coastal area, combined with gale force winds. Concern about the bad weather soon alerts both parents alarmingly to monitor an approaching cyclone.
  • Warnings are being issued on the radio and TV but the power is lost due to downed trees on power lines. Dan turns to the car radio to listen to ABC Radio's Weather Warnings and alerts. Emergency Services are now recommending residents to move to a safe location away from the coast but due to the wide spread rainfall in other areas the previous day, roads have been cut off and are impassable. Confusion and panic is starting to set in. Some residents have already left, while some people are frantically preparing to leave to go somewhere while others are preparing to stay.
  • An evacuation centre has been set up at one of the schools. Traffic is chaotic, shopping centres have hardly anything left on the shelves, people are continually frustrated by the long cues and caught off guard by not being able to use the eftpos machine. Linda and Dan decide to leave their home and move to the evacuation centre -
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Emergency Preparedness Scenario for Cyclone - Evacuation away from the coast

  • Sam and Derrick have been busy all week too with the usual home/school/kids/work scenario.
  • Weekends are busy too ....
  • but they make it a priority to listen to the local news & weather reports (and fishing reports) as often as they can and while in the car they listen to ABC Radio – Any emergency alerts are announced over this network.
  • Sam usually goes shopping on a Saturday morning and gets a weeks worth of fresh bread, milk and meat which is stored in the freezer until needed. Fresh fruit & veges are also bought in bulk and stored and since Sam loves to make chutneys and jams she uses the excess fruit and veges for this or gives the old unused pieces to the chooks. Anything else she needs she gets after work when she is not in such a hurry and since she has made it her priority to stock a pantry up she often buys an extra few items when they are on special, this way it doesn't cost so much and allows her to gradually stock her pantry with what she needs.
  • She is also well aware that they live in a cyclone prone area and adds many items like tinned foods & instant meals, bottled water, matches, candles etc.
  • Derek loves his fishing and camping so has a collection of gear and tools safely stored away in his shed. He regularly maintains and improves his equipment as he knows that if it isn't looked after he'll have problems when you go to use it next. He services his own vehicles and makes it a rule to keep the vehicles topped up with fuel as much as possible. He has his 4WD with a UHF Radio and Sam has one in her car too.
  • By the time emergency services had advised people to leave the area, Sam & Derrick had packed their vehicles and secured their home and headed to their parents place inland away from the coast well before the roads were blocked and the wind & rains were belting their hometown.
  • Their family safe and comforted by the steps they had taken to be prepared for such an emergency ahead of time.
  • Whether you are preparing to protect yourself or your family from a Natural or Man-made Disaster, Financial Hardship or an Economic Crisis or perhaps just wanting to set-up & prepare your home to be a little more self-reliant...
  • The team here at BIG RIVER TRADING CO. have put together a combination of options, information & idea's to help you plan and prioritise your supplies in preparation for an emergency situation or start you on your way with a home preparedness plan.
  • Your choices today will help get you one step ahead when it counts – knowing that you have a plan in place and the backup when you need it to keep you and your family as safe as possible and as comfortable as possible when the time arrives will be a good investment of your time, money and effort...

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If you are making plans to prepare for an Evacuation ... The following information provided by Emergency Qld. will give you the basic guidelines to follow...


Prepare your Household for Evacuation

Print out a copy of the Household Evacuation information and Evacuation Kit checklist

If you live in a low-lying coastal area or an area that has experienced major flooding in the past, planning for an evacuation now can save you time and stress in the event of storm surge or flood.
Evacuations are usually only ordered if storm surge or flood is likely. In some cases evacuation may be ordered for tsunami threats.

Here are three steps to help prepare evacuation arrangements for your Emergency Plan.

1. Research evacuation requirements

  • Is your area likely to be affected by flooding, storm surge or tsunami?
    • Check with your local library and council for information on potential hazards.
    • Check with your local council about local warning systems, evacuation process and nominated evacuation routes.
  • What support is available to you and your household in case of emergency?
    • Ask for contact details of local support agencies.
    • If your household will need support to evacuate, find out what assistance is available from local council and support agencies.
  • Decide how you will look after your pets if you cannot take them with you.

2. Record evacuation details on your Household Emergency Plan:

  • Identify a safe place to evacuate to if storm surge or floods are potential threats.
    • Family or friends who live in secure accommodation that is further inland and on higher ground are the best option.
    • Record the contact and location details of your evacuation options on your Emergency Plan.
  • Identify and document all tasks required prior to evacuating and ensure household members know how to complete each task (such as storing electrical items off the ground, switching off water, power and gas at the mains, sandbagging drains).

3. Ensure your household is prepared and remains informed

    • Make a list of personal and household items to take with you in your Evacuation Kit. (for example: warm clothes; essential medicines; baby formula; nappies;  spare spectacles ; valuables; important papers / photos / mementos in waterproof plastic bags, pillows, sleeping bags and blankets, spare cash).
    • Review and practise your Emergency Plan regularly (three times per year) to ensure everyone is familiar with required tasks for evacuation.
    • Ensure you have a supply of fuel stored safely in your garage in case you need to evacuate at short notice.
    • Listen to local community safety announcements (on radio and television) to identify the preferred evacuation routes for your area.
    • Help your friends and neighbours, particularly the elderly and those who need special assistance, by passing on information on warnings.
    • If you are visiting or holidaying in Queensland, or interstate, and do not have family or friends to shelter with, contact your accommodation manager to identify options for evacuation.

Print out Household Evacuation and Evacuation Kitinformation  
PDF – Household Evacuation Information and Evacuation Kit


Prepare your Household Emergency Kit



Print out a copy of the Household Emergency Kit checklist

 Emergency Kit Contents

 The range of natural hazards that affect Queensland can cause major disruptions to essential services. One of the most important steps you can take is to prepare your Household Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit.

Your Emergency Kit is a collection of items that provides for your household’s essential needs in the event of emergencies like storms, floods and cyclones. Your kit should be kept in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and stored in a safe place that is easy to access.

Below is a range of suggested items to help prepare your Emergency Kit. This list includes items to have in your kit at all times and extra essentials to add to your kit during storm and cyclone seasons for when weather warnings are issued.

Items to include in your emergency kit at all times

Food and water

  • Range of non-perishable food items
  • Bottled water

 Medical and sanitation supplies

  • First Aid Kit and manual
  • Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletry supplies (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo)
  • Personal hygiene items


  • Torch with extra batteries (or wind up torch)
  • Battery powered lantern


  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries (or wind up radio)
  • Traditional wired telephone (for land line)
  • Prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls

Clothing and footwear

  • Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone

 Tools and supplies

  • Plastic sheeting and Duct / masking tape to tape windows
  • Whistle and utility knife
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties
  • Safety glasses and sun glasses

 Miscellaneous items

  • Specific supplies for infants (nappies and formula), the elderly and people with special needs
  • Spare house and car keys
  • Pet food, water and other pet needs

 Important documents

Keep original or certified copies of the following documents in your Emergency Kit. Scan copies of these documents and save on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.

Insurance documents for your house, contents, cars and valuable items

  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills and life insurance documents
  • House deeds / mortgage documents
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports / visa details
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicare, pension card details and immunisation records
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • Back up copies of important computer files
  • A copy of your completed Household Emergency Plan with emergency contact phone numbers

Extra items to include in your Emergency Kit during cyclone and storm season

Ensuring you have these extra items on hand or included in your kit during the storm and cyclone season will assist you when weather warnings are issued:

Food and water

  • Three days supply of non-perishable food (plus can opener, cooking gear, plates and utensils)
  • Clean water in sealed containers (10 litres per person is recommended for three days supply)
  • Water purification tablets

 Medical and sanitation supplies

  • Extra supplies of medications
  • Prescriptions and details for all medications
  • Extra toiletry and sanitary supplies, sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Spare spectacles

 Tools, communications and supplies

  • Wide masking tape for windows
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off all utilities
  • Tent and tarpaulin
  • Woollen and thermal blankets
  • A mobile phone, spare battery and charger

 Clothing and footwear

  • Change of clothes for everyone, in stored plastic bags
  • Spare clothing and bedding

 Miscellaneous items

  • Extra supplies for infants (extra formula, nappies etc.)
  • Extra supplies for the elderly or people with special needs
  • Spare cash (you may not be able to access electronic bank tellers (ATMs) due to power failures)
  • Pet provisions and information (e.g. vet papers, leash, water and food, collars with identification tag, pet beds, litter pan and scooper, carrier or harness and medication)

In a major emergency, there may be extended interruptions to power and water supplies.
The following items are recommended:

  • Barbeque or portable stove with fuel
  • Fully charged batteries for mobile phones
  • Spare batteries for torch and radio
  • Esky or gas / battery powered refrigerator

Print out Emergency Kit and Checklist

PDF – Emergency Kit and Checklist

Evacuation Kit

If you live in a low-lying coastal area or an area that has experienced major flooding in the past, preparing an evacuation kit now could save you time and stress in the event of storm surge or flood.
Keep all contents of your Evacuation Kit in a sturdy, easy to carry bag or waterproof storage box and store in a safe place that is easy to access.

Items to include in your Evacuation Kit:

  •  Multiple changes of clothes for all household members stored in watertight plastic bags (long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats and strong shoes are recommended);
  • Extra essential medicines and repeat prescriptions;
  • Extra first aid supplies, sunscreen, insect repellant, toiletry and sanitary supplies;
  • Extra food and water;
  • Originals or certified copies of important documents (see Emergency Kit list for full details);
  • Pillows, sleeping bags and blankets for each household member;
  • Books and games for children;
  • Extra baby formula, food and nappies (if required);
  • Valuables, photos (prints, compact disks, USB data stick etc) and mementos in waterproof plastic bags;
  • Extra money as cash;
  • A mobile phone, spare battery and charger;

Print out Household Evacuation and Evacuation Kitinformation  

PDF – Household Evacuation Kit




Reasons to Bug Out or Bug In

Reasons to Bug Out or Bug In by Survival Life at http://survivallife.com/2015/06/15/reasons-to-bug-out-or-bug-in/

There are as many reasons to stay put in a worst case scenario as there are to leave one’s comfort and home environment. This can be grouped into several categories, each having a pro and con for both bugging in and bugging out, as well as to the nature of the disaster of whether it is of a natural type or a man-made type of disaster.

Posted in Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Shelter-in-Place


What does 'Bug Out' Mean?

The term 'Bug Out' is not really part of Australian slang or culture so what does the term to 'Bug Out' or 'Bug Out Bag' really mean & when and why is it used?






Written by Joycelyn, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Supplies - Emergency Bag/Evacuation Bag


Urban Disasters: Have These 20 Items On You If You Want to Make It Home

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From previous disasters, we find clarification and better ways to prepare.

Urban disasters happen all the time leaving many stranded in the city.

Consider for a moment what you would do if you found yourself in the midst of an emergency where you couldn’t get home using your vehicle.

For example, after the terror attacks in New York, the country’s transportation system was shut down – including city transportation systems.



Written by Tess Pennington, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - When you are traveling, Emergency Supplies - Emergency Bag/Evacuation Bag


Cyclone Tracy remembered: Alice Springs inundated with 5,000 refugees from Darwin

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A young girl disembarks a plane after being evacuated from Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin. - ABC

After Cyclone Tracy destroyed homes and belongings, the people of Darwin were forced to leave, and one of the first points of refuge was Alice Springs where more than 5,000 people sought help after travelling 1,500 kilometres south to the remote town.


Posted in Cyclone - News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


Philippines typhoon: Tacloban residents return to find homes in ruins again after Hagupit

A man on top of his damaged house in Tacloban

Photo - A man is seen on top of his damaged house in Tacloban, central Philippines after Typhoon Hagupit tears apart homes.


Posted in Cyclone - News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


Typhoon Hagupit: Evacuations underway as storm sweeps towards Philippines

Tacloban residents queue for relief goods

Photo: People wait for relief goods outside a Catholic church after evacuating their homes due to super-typhoon Hagupit in Tacloban city, central Philippines December 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Rowel Montes)

About 200,000 people have fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines, ahead of a powerful typhoon expected to hit the island nation where thousands were killed by Super Typhoon Haiyan just 13 months ago.


Posted in Cyclone - News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


Global-scale enormous: #Vongfong Typhoon startles even from orbit accompanied by 6.3 mag quake off northern Japanese coast

Screenshot from youtube.com

The powerful Typhoon Vongfong has injured over 40 people on the Japanese island of Okinawa, and is now downgrading from a super-typhoon to a mere tropical storm. But at the peak of its strength it was a startling sight to see from the Earth’s orbit.



Posted in Cyclone - News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


Know your Bushfire Alert Levels

Advice Alert icon     Watch and Act Alert icon   Emergency Warning Alert icon

During a bush fire, Alert Levels are used to give you an indication of the level of threat from a fire.

Remember – don't wait for a warning. Some fires start and spread so quickly there may not be any time for a warning. If you get a Bush Fire Alert, you must take it seriously. Failure to take action can result in death or injury to you or your family members.

There are three levels of Bush Fire Alerts:

Posted in Bush Fires - News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Bushfires, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


Residents evacuated after driveway collapses from heavy rain on Sydney's northern beaches

A building site full of water after a wall collapse at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches.

A block of flats at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches has been evacuated after part of its driveway sank due to heavy rain.

Posted in Floods - News & Stories, Storms - News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


More devastation for the Philippines...

Thousands of people living in coastal areas of the Philippines are evacuating as the first major storm of the rainy season barrels towards the archipelago.


Posted in Emergency Preparedness Threats - Cyclones, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - When you are traveling


Super Typhoon Neoguri Recap: Flooding, Mudslides in Okinawa, Japan

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A devastating landslide crashed through the town of Nagiso late Wednesday, killing a 12-year-old boy, ahead of Tropical Storm Neoguri.

An evacuation advisory was issued for than 670 homes after debris flows destroyed a number of homes in the town. At least one resident, 12-year-old Kaito Kurenuma, was reported dead after the landslide buried his home, according to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shiumbun. Reuters reports that at least 50 people are injured.

Posted in Cyclone - News & Stories, News - International, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - When you are traveling


Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones

Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones

An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of emergency workers and those caught up in the disaster.

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation


Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer

When you first start organising your emergency or disaster supplies you might only have a few things put together in a couple of bags or plastic containers inside the house in a cupboard but as you progress and you begin to expand your emergency supplies or add more gear and equipment, you will also require better storage  options and solutions.....

Posted in Caravans/Camper Trailers, Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Product Guide & Reviews - Latest Product Review


Van Dwelling

What if due to unforeseen circumstances you find yourself having to leave your home to live out of your vehicle?

Sounds terrible but many ordinary people each day face this horrible scenario and for many different reasons ...

Whether it is planned or unplanned through job loss, a natural disaster destroying your home, eviction, a marriage break-up or financial insecurity, for whatever reason you find yourself on the street with no place to go, living out of your vehicle is a very real option and can be achieved ....

Written by Joycelyn, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - When you are traveling

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