Don’t wait to be told. Self-evacuate to your predetermined evacuation destination if you live in a flood prone area or require support. Inform your neighbours/friends/emergency services if you do plan to self-evacuate.
Plan your evacuation route to avoid possible hazards.
Check your neighbours and friends who may need special assistance.
Prepare your pets – have your pets ready to go. If you are unable to take your pets with you never leave them tied up or chained and provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls.
Fill your petrol tank and stock your car with emergency supplies.
Charge your mobile phone.
Call your out-of-town contact before you leave and once you arrive at your evacuation location. You can also use social media to post your status to let family and friends know you are okay.
Consider leaving a note advising you have evacuated. Emergency services will then know you are safe and accounted for. If you leave your pets behind include their name and details on the note.
When you have been told to evacuate
Act quickly on the advice provided
Follow all instructions by emergency authorities and react to changing conditions
Turn off all the main power, water and gas supply, unplug all appliances
Ensure all family members are wearing strong shoes and suitable clothing
Travel light – do not risk your safety with replaceable possession
If available, consider diverting your home phone number to your mobile phone number
Lock your home and take the recommended evacuation routes for your area
Seek shelter at your predetermined evacuation location
Once evacuated, consider registering with the local evacuation centre to help others find you or self-register on the Register.Find.Reunite site. Register.Find.Reunite is launched during emergency situations to help people reconnect with family and friends.
What should you do if you are not required to evacuate?