It is important for you to know what to do if you have to face a disaster or emergency at home or at work. If you know what needs to be done, it makes it easier to stay calm if a situation should occur. By planning ahead, you can be prepared and help reduce the risk of injury and damage to property.
Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate from your home or it may confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, electricity or telephones were cut off?
Local Council personnel, Emergency Services and government officers will be on the scene as soon as possible after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You, your family and your neighbours need to know how to cope in a disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.
The following resources are available to help residents Get Ready for a potential disaster:
Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR)
DIDRR means making sure the needs and voices of people with disability are included in disaster risk management. People with disability and carers can access the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Workbook here. More information is available on our website here.
Volunteer with an Emergency Service Group
There are so many ways you can choose to volunteer in our community.
You can help in the arts, sports, schools, aged care, social support, conservation, community safety or emergency services.
Volunteer with your local area disaster response organisations. Volunteering with emergency services is a great way to give back to your community. Emergency service volunteering is open to a wide range of people and provides a variety of roles. Find out more about volunteering for state disaster response by visiting: https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/volunteering-jobs/volunteering-overview
You can also register your interest to volunteer at times of disasters with Volunteering Queensland through its Emergency Volunteering CREW service. This service provides an easy on-line way for you to put up your hand as willing to help in your local community. Through EV CREW you will only be called to help when volunteer support is needed in your local area. Register with Volunteering Queensland’s Emergency Volunteering today.