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  • 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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Your Family is the most important thing in your life, right?

But what if you couldn't help your family when they needed you the most?

Sure, life gets busy, finances get tight and if there was an emergency you could always rely on emergency services to help you, right?

Well what if they were busy helping everyone else...?

What if they couldn't get to you in time?

You need to learn HOW TO HELP YOURSELF!

And you can do that here.....


The Big River site offers a comprehensive library of reference articles and information about planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster...

We share articles such as news, stories,  information, practical ideas, projects & how-to's ... as well as emergency references & links and product reviews to help you become more informed and better prepared.

Our aim is to inspire, motivate and educate you about the importance of being prepared and how you can do this in simple ways at home by yourself by offering you options, alternatives, solutions and ideas ....  

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If you are planning on Sheltering-in-Place you will still need to prepare for an evacuation... just-in-case.. The following information provided by Emergency Qld. will give you the basics ...


Prepare your Home

Print out a copy of the Prepared Home Checklist

The best time to prepare your home is before storm, cyclone and monsoon season. Taking steps now to secure and protect your property can improve the safety of your home.

Here are a range of suggested tasks to assist you in preparing your home and property to minimise potential damage.

1. General home maintenance:

  • Check the condition of the roof and arrange for the repair loose tiles, eaves and roof screws;
  • Clean gutters and downpipes so water can drain away as quickly as possible;
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches; and
  • Secure loose items around your property and garden that could cause damage if blown around in high winds (such as garden furniture and toys).

2. General home preparations:

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is current and covers your assets adequately – check your policy includes debris clean up and disposal costs;
  • Identify which room is the strongest part of the house, in case you need to shelter at home during severe storm or cyclone (usually this is the smallest room with the least windows);
  • Identify where and how to turn off mains supply for water, power and gas;
  • Purchase emergency essentials to have on hand, such as:
    • containers to store drinking water supplies,
    • spare supply of fuel for use in your vehicle (ensure you store safely)
    • wide masking tape for windows, and
    • Sandbags - hessian bags filled with sand to place over indoor drains to prevent sewerage backwash from flooding.

3. If you live in a flood-prone area:

  • Store all poisons above ground level in case of flash flooding;
  • Identify which indoor items you will need to raise or empty if flooding threatens your home (e.g. freezers and refrigerators);
  • Consider the following:
    • alternatives to carpet floor coverings, and
    • relocating your electrical sockets and power points well above floor level;

4. If you live in an area prone to cyclone or severe storm:

  • Fit windows with shutters or metal screens for added protection during high winds; and
  • Arrange for a professional builder to check your building and identify measures to increase the structural security of your home to withstand high winds.

5. When weather warnings are issued for cyclone or severe storm:

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and all external TV / radio aerials;
  • Turn off electricity and gas main supplies if instructed by authorities;
  • Place outdoor furniture inside or, if you have a swimming pool, submerge plastic outdoor furniture under the water to prevent it flying around in high winds;
  • Fill buckets and bath with clean water in case the water supply becomes restricted (make sure you have water purification tablets to make water drinkable);
  • Close windows with shutters or tape windows without shutters in a criss-crossing pattern using strong packing tape and draw curtains;
  • Move wheelie bins inside or fill with water;
  • Park vehicles under cover and secure with firmly tied tarpaulins and blankets;
  • Check all household members are safe and are sheltering in the strongest room in the house;
  • Take your Household Emergency Kit with you while sheltering from the storm or cyclone; and
  • Listen to your local radio station for updates on the event and further warnings and safety messages.

Print out Prepared Home Checklist

PDF – Prepared Home Checklist

Check your Neighbours

Print out your copies of the Check your Neighbours checklist.

Check on your neighbours

From time to time, all households may need support, regardless of its make-up.  It is important to talk to your neighbours before an emergency happens so your neighbourhood community is prepared to help others during times of need.  Getting to know your neighbours is an important part of preparing your household. 

Do any of your neighbours have special skills, eg medical, technical, trade?  Plan how your neighbourhood could work together after a disaster.

Know your neighbours

There may be people in your community who could need more help than others in the case of an emergency - help that can often by provided by neighbours.  Think about people in your neighbourhood who may need your help; for example:

  • Older people living at home by themselves.
  • People with physical or sensory disabilities.
  • People with a chronic illness or with a mental illness.
  • Single parents with young children.
  • Large families.
  • People newly arrived to the area, including tourists, refugees or newly arrived immigrants.

Help your neighbours

  • Provide information about what is happening.
  • Help to secure a property prior to a cyclone or storm.
  • Help to evaluate and prepare the home for an emergency by:
  • Assist in identifying and obtaining the resources needed to cope effectively with an emergency.
  • Assist in moving furniture and valuables out of the way of flood water.
  • Provide a place to shelter while an emergency occurs.
  • Help in the clean up after an emergency.
  • Simply sitting down, having a cup of tea and chatting about what has happened.

If there are people who might need help in your area, talk to them about emergency planning.  If they are happy to talk to you – and remember that many people value their privacy – you might want to ask them if they would like assistance preparing their emergency plan or preparing their home and yard.

Prepare your Pets

Just as we need to prepare our family and our home for times of emergency or disaster, we also need to prepare our pets.  Your pets are part of your household; by taking the time to prepare now you can improve the safety and well being of your family pets by ensuring their needs are included in your household preparedness planning.

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


Infographic - The Encyclopedia of Burglar Types

There are a lot of bad guys out there, and we all need to watch out if we don't want to fall victim to theft. - See more at: http://simplisafe.com/blog/burglar-types#content-text

There are a lot of bad guys out there and we all have to be more vigilant if we don't want to fall victim to THEFT...

Here is a 'who's who' of common criminal types and how you can stop them

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Home Security, Emergency Preparedness - Shelter-in-Place, Emergency Supplies - Personal Security


5 suggestions on how to protect your home


Keeping your home safe is one of the most important things a person can consider and yet most people don’t do much more than lock their front door.

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Home Security, Emergency Preparedness - Shelter-in-Place, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest, Emergency Supplies - Personal Security


7 Ways to Use The Items Around You To Adapt and Survive


“It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change.”

- Charles Darwin

In a critical emergency, how quickly we respond to a disaster directly impacts how successful we are at coming out of the situation.

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


Are You Ready Series: 72 Hour Kits

There are certain disasters that can occur with little or no warning such as fires, hurricanes and flooding. Having things in order as well as a plan in place will expedite the process of leaving, as well as keeping things running as smoothly as possible. The main goal of having a 72 hour bag is to be equipped to survive a three day period; and in this case, survival is dependent upon you. Therefore, the 72 hour bag should be pre-assembled and ready to go as well as have a 72 hour bag separately for the vehicle.


Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Information, Emergency Preparedness - Shelter-in-Place, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - When you are traveling, Emergency Supplies - Emergency Bag/Evacuation Bag


How to 'Shelter-in-Place' - What you need to know...

Disasters can devastate our most critical services including water supplies, medical facilities and first responders, waste and trash processing and removal, transportation options, fuel and grocery supplies, natural gas lines, electricity, phone service, and even public safety. A Grid-Down scenario can last for several days or even weeks. During this time, you must be able to provide basic survival needs for you and your family. These Bug In preps and plans need to be made in advance. They cannot be made in the heat of a disaster

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Shelter-in-Place


The 7 core areas of preparedness

The 7 core areas of preparedness By Patrice Lewis

By definition, "prepping" means preparing in advance of hard times, not after. This little subtlety — that preparing is best done before rather than after a serious event — seems to escape a lot of people. A typical example is the panic that ensues whenever a hurricane approaches landfall — there is widespread chaos at grocery stores, Home Depot locations, and gas stations as people frantically try to get ready for something they should always be prepared for anyway.

Posted in Information & Idea's, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Shelter-in-Place, Emergency Supplies - Information