Emergency kit: essential items, all times
Having an Emergency Kit is an important step to prepare for, survive and cope with emergencies.
Know: All householders need to know where your Emergency Kit is kept.
Check: and update the contents of your kit regularly, to ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.
Discuss: your Emergency Kit with all householders and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.
On this page is a list of items which should be in your kit at all times.
There is also a list of extra items which if you do not keep at all times you should add to your kit during storm or cyclone season.
Food and water
- Range of non—perishable food items
- Bottled water
Medical and sanitation
- First Aid Kit and manual
- Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
- Toilet paper
- Personal hygiene items
- Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
- Battery powered lantern
- Battery powered radio with extra batteries
- Traditional wired telephone
- Prepaid wired telephone
- Prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls
Clothing and footwear
- Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
- Closed—toed shoes or boots for everyone
Tools and supplies
- Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
- Plastic garbage bags, ties
- Safety glasses and sun glasses.
- Special items for infants (nappies, formula etc)
- Special items needed by elderly or people with special needs
- Spare house and car keys
- Pet food, water and other animal needs
Keep original or certified copies of these documents in your Emergency Kit.
Scan copies of them and save the files on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.
- Insurance papers for your hosue and contents, cars and for valuable items
- Inventory of valuable household goods
- Wills and life insurance documents
- House deeds/mortgage documents
- Birth and marriage certificates
- Passports/visa details
- Stocks and bonds
- Medicare, pension cards, immunisation records
- Bank account and credit card details
- A back—up copy of important computer files
- Household Emergency Plan with emergency contact numbers