Home Emergency Plan

Home Emergency Plan

Thursday, 10th August 2017

Many people think they don’t have time to make a plan, or that they don’t need one.

Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency and may recover quicker afterwards. Taking the time to think about emergencies and making a plan helps you to think clearly, have a greater sense of control and make better decisions when an emergency occurs.

How to develop an emergency plan

Start by thinking about:

  • What types of emergencies could affect you or your property?
  • Who will be part of the plan – adults, children, elderly relatives or others with special needs as well as pets and livestock.
  • The location and layout of your property.
  • At least two ways to exit your house.
  • Where you will go if you are unable to get home?
  • What will you do if there are road closures or blockages?
  • Whether your insurance cover is adequate?
  • Putting together an emergency kit, including important contact numbers for getting help and staying in contact with friends and neighbours.
  • Practising your plan to make sure everyone knows what to do.


The SES have a booklet – Home Emergency Plan, it pays to have a plan. It not only gives you information about what you need to think about, but also provides a template that you can fill out. For more information, and to download the pack, go to https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/at-home and click on the Home Emergency Plan tab.

Source: SES