As Joel Selwood learnt recently, an important part of being FireReady is having an emergency kit so that you are ready to leave quickly, calmly and safely.
Keep these things in a handy place:
-Overnight bag with change of clothes and toiletries
-Battery-powered radio, torch and spare batteries
-Medicines and first aid kit
-Important items such as passport, will, insurance papers, and wedding ring
-Mobile phone and charger (don’t forget to save the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667 number into your mobile)
-Plenty of bottled water
-Wool blankets (to shelter under in an emergency)
-Contact information for family and friends, your doctor, council and power company
Children should have their favourite thing, such as a teddy or the Geelong Cats scarf that Joel decides to take, packed in the kit so your family is ready to leave in an emergency.
Don’t forget your pets
Have transport carriers ready to go as well as spare leads, medicines and food.
Keep important items and information in a safe place
Consider moving your irreplaceable family keepsakes and valuables away from your home during summer, if you live in a high risk area. Scan important information and photos and store them on a CD or USB stick.
Watch here to see what Joel would pack in his emergency kit.