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STORM SEASON - Check your Emergency Kit

Submitted by JRA-Site Admin on Sat, 15/11/2014 - 8:58pm

Create your Home Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit contains essential items that you and other members of your household may need during and after a severe storm.  The Kit should be able to sustain you for at least three days in case essential services have been disrupted or you have been isolated by floodwater.  I use one of those large plastic containers on wheels. Goes in the shed/garage during winter, and is next to our kitchen during Queensland's summer.
The following basic items should be included in your Home Emergency Kit:

  • Written emergency contact numbers [e.g. teledex]
  • Traditional touch-tone land-line phone [i.e. no power required]
  • Mobile phones' usb connectors for charging, spare battery and its charger
  • Portable radio (with new/extra batteries or wind-up & solar option
  • Torch (with new/extra batteries or wind-up & solar option)
  • First Aid kit
  • Essential medication [NB: your Chemist's ph. number should be added to your written contacts]
  • Basic sanitation & toiletries [don't forget toilet paper]
  • Sturdy gloves 
  • Identification [or certified copies] & important documents and cash in waterproof bags or sealed container
  • Non-perishable food (e.g. powdered/long-life milk, tea/coffee/hot choc, tin food, treats, for three days
  • Drinking water (e.g. bottled] for three days
  • Non-breakable cups, crockery, utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Special items for: babies, the disabled, elderly and pets


As we live in an area that is prone to storms and/or floods, you may consider adding the following items to support your emergency kit [if these are seperate to you kit, they MUST be easily accessible during storm season]:

  • Camping stove or gas burner [good time to check the level of your gas]
  • Kettle, pots & utensils
  • Valuables, photos and mementos in waterproof bags
  • Books and games for children
  • Pillows, sleeping bags and blankets
  • Toiletries