What should you do in an emergency?
How can you prepare your family and your workplace for an emergency?
This website is a collaborative approach between Cessnock, Dungog, Maitland and Port Stephens Councils to provide information to residents and workers on how they can prepare for an emergency and what they should do in the event of an emergency.
The project to develop the website was conducted under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program. It has been jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments in conjunction with the participating Councils.
1 - Be Prepared
Prepare yourself and your property. Involve all the family and household members in planning. Don’t forget to include babysitters and other household help.
Discuss the potential emergencies that may impact on your family.
2 - Act Safe
In most circumstances, the best thing for you to do is to stay where you are.
Unless the building you are in is unsafe, the best thing for you to do is to stay where you are; whether at home, in the office, or at the shops.
3 - Stay Alert
If you receive an evacuation warning you need to consider your options including whether you are able to stay with family and friends in a safe location, or if you require other alternative accommodation.
Evacuation Centres may be established to provide immediate assistance to those evacuated from their homes or who are in need of shelter. If you decide to go to an evacuation centre you will need to be prepared and take personal requisites such as clothing, medication and bedding with you. You should also consider the needs of other family members that may be going with you and you should remember to take your pets. Evacuation Centres are managed by the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS).
Your local radio station is a great source of emergency information. Tune in during an emergency event to listen for warnings and information relating to the emergency situation.