Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quicker afterwards.
On this page:
- Preparing for emergencies at home
- Create an emergency plan
- Know your flood risk using your Local Flood Guide
- Learn how to use sandbags to protect your home from flooding
- Learn about the types of emergencies
Preparing for emergencies at home
- 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.
- Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. It’s important to have a plan, know what to do and where to find information in any emergency.
Create an emergency plan
VICSES is collaborating with Red Cross to encourage people to prepare for emergencies.
There are simple and practical steps you can take to protect yourself, the people you love, and the things you value most. Do one simple thing – create an emergency plan using RediPlan or the Get Prepared app.
- You can download your Rediplan template by visiting the Australian Red Cross website.
Know your flood risk using your Local Flood Guide
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) has developed a number of flood guides (for residents and business owners) and emergency plans (for municipalities) to explain local flood risks for communities at risk and advise on how to prepare for and respond to flood events.
How to use sandbags to protect your home from flooding
There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during flooding.
Sandbags will not stop the water completely but can reduce the amount of water entering your home. During low level flooding, sandbags placed in the right locations around your home can reduce the impact of flooding.
- Review the VICSES sandbag quick reference guide.
Watch the video below to learn how to sandbag your home to help reduce the impact of floods. It explains the different types; when to use them; and how to fill them, lay them safely and dispose of them afterwards.