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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 (PDF, 950KB) during storm or cyclone season.

Food and water

Medical and sanitation

  • First Aid Kit and manual
  • Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap/shampoo
  • 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.


Important documents

Keep original or certified copies of these documents in your Emergency Kit (PDF, 950KB).

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 house 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


Learn about natural hazards and get tips on how you can prepare for:

Harden Up

Harden Up with disaster resilience

Which natural disasters are threats to your home? Being familiar with past weather events that have impacted your community is an important part of preparing for extreme weather events. Whether you are at risk of impact from cyclones and storm surges, severe storms, floods, or bushfires depends on where you live in Queensland.

Harden Up is disaster resilience portal which lets you search past weather events to help you to better understand your level of risk and the actions to take to become more self—reliant during disasters.

Last updated
29 March, 2017
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