It is important for you to know what to do if you have to face a disaster or emergency at home or at work. If you know what should be done, it makes it easier to stay calm if a situation should occur. By planning ahead, you can be prepared and help reduce the risk of injury and damage to property.

Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate from your home or it may confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, electricity or telephones were cut off?

Local Council personnel, Emergency Services and government officers will be on the scene as soon as possible after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. You, your family and your neighbours need to know how to cope in a disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.

Know Your Risks
Different types of natural disaster events, which may affect the Douglas region, includes: cyclone, storm tide, flood, bushfire, tsunami, earthquake, landslide and pandemic.

• Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Take the time to discuss what you and your family will do in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. Prepare your emergency plan ahead of time.

• Prepare Your Emergency Kit
Before the cyclone season you should make every effort to prepare yourself and your family (including pets) by having your Emergency Kit stocked and ready to go.

Prepare Your Home, Business, Boat & Caravan
There are many things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim during a disaster. Taking some simple precautions now before the onset of any natural hazard will help protect you, your family and your property.

• Remember Your Pets & Livestock
It is up to you to plan and to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets, livestock or other farm animals well before a natural hazard affects your home or your farm.

• Get To Know Your Neighbours
Getting to know your neighbours is an important part of preparing your household. Neighbours can help each other in many ways and can include people in your street or community.