Get Ready Maitland
Every year flood, fire and other disasters affect peoples' lives and may cause millions of dollars in property damage. They can put your home, family, pets, livelihood and life at risk. They can also cause millions of dollars in property damage.
Being prepared can help you and your loved ones make better decisions during a disaster. It can save you money and heartbreak, and could even save your life.
Get ready in Five Simple Steps
There are five steps you can take to get ready now.
1. Know your risk
Think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you.
2. Plan now for what you'll do
Sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area.
Make important decisions such as when to leave, what to take, and what to do with animals. Don't leave it until the last minute. Disasters can happen with little or no warning.
How will you and your family get to a safe place? You could be separated from each other. How will you contact each other?
Think about how you will protect your pets, important documents and valuable personal items.
The emergency service agencies have designed many plans to help you Get Ready for specific hazards like fire and flood.
Plan how you will escape a fire in your home and practice it with your family.
Prepare an emergency kit.
3. Get your home ready
Prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance.
Trim overhanging trees and branches and remove dead and dry vegetation from around the house. Clean out gutters and downpipes. Secure or put away loose items in your yard or balcony. Check the roof is in good repair.
Do a home safety check and make sure your smoke alarms are working. Also, make sure that your home and contents insurance is up-to-date. If you need advice or assistance to prepare your home, contact your local emergency services to see what programs are available.
4. Be aware
Find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area. Connect with NSW Emergency Services to stay informed.
Check the NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW websites, apps and social media to be informed.
5. Look out for each other
Share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.
Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens. Everyone can help each other in many ways in a disaster.
Keep these 5 simple steps on your fridge and start getting ready today.
Businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and helping them to be resilient to disasters is important to our economy as well as our social wellbeing.
Preparing your business for the unknown is simply good business
Disasters can have expensive consequences, and they could devastate your business within minutes. Following a disaster, it can take months to get back up and running.
Preparing for disasters is as important to your successful business outcomes as making an annual business plan. Taking steps now to prepare against disaster is smart business. It can mean the difference between re-opening two days or two months after an event, or not at all.
How are you protecting everything you’ve built? There are a number of resources to help you get your business ready.
Get Ready Business has been specially designed to help NSW business owners prepare for disasters in five simple steps. This free toolkit includes:
- An easy-to-use booklet to guide you through the five steps; and
- Posters to promote readiness in your workplace.
The NSW State Emergency Service has an Emergency Business Continuity Plan to help you create your plans.
Sit down with your colleagues, staff and suppliers today and get ready.
How would your clients cope in an emergency?
Community service organisations are a vital link to our community before, during and after an emergency.
Community service workers know your clients and are trusted by them. Helping clients to be safe is something that community service workers do every day. By supporting people to be ready for emergencies, you can reduce the impact on your clients and help them to recover.
Find out about helping your clients prepare for emergencies, how emergencies are managed, and how to prepare your organisation.
Connect with emergency services to find out about bush fire, house fire, flood, storm and other the hazards that can impact you. And to stay in touch during an emergency.
For all life threatening emergencies call 000
- Call 106
- National Relay Service
Fire and Rescue NSW
For house fires, vehicle fires and chemical hazards:
NSW Rural Fire Service
For bush fires:
- Fires Near Me NSW: Android, iPhone
- For Bush Fire Information call 1800 679 737
- For general enquiries call 02 8741 5555
NSW State Emergency Service
For floods, storms and tsunami:
For emergency help in flood, storm or tsunami please call NSW SES on 132 500.
NSW Police Force
Translating and Interpreting Service
- Call 13 14 50