If an emergency occurs, you need to be self-sufficient for at least three days. A household emergency kit is therefore a must. Any sturdy, easy to transport box or bag is suitable.
You can prepare you emergency kit at any time, and therefore avoid a last minute rush when disaster strikes. Remember this may be outside the wet season.
Be sure to check your emergency kit regularly to ensure food is in date, batteries are okay and your cash supply is intact.
The kit will help keep you safe and comfortable regardless of the disaster, whether you shelter in place or evacuate. You can store the main items (eg stove, torch, plastic bags, lighter etc) in one box, put food in another and clothing in something like a backpack.
It's a good idea to involve everyone in the house, including children, in getting the kit ready so everyone understands what it's for and ensure items needed by individuals are included.
- Battery-operated radio (with spare batteries)
- Torch (with spare batteries)
- Candles, lighter and waterproof matches
- Water in sealed containers - 3 litres per person per day (more if you have pets)
- First aid kit and manual
- Combination pocket knife
- Portable (gas) stove with fuel
- Cooking gear
- Toiletry and sanitary supplies
- Change of clothes and strong shoes
- Non-perishable food (eg dried or cans), can opener and utensils
- Special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities
- Pet food, water and other animal needs
- Tent or tarpaulin, and blankets/bed linen
- Other camping equipment
- Personal documents (insurance certificate, photographs etc)
- Strong plastic bags (for clothing and valuables)
- Emergency phone numbers
Read more on how to prepare your home before a cyclone.