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Prepare Your Home

It is important not only to prepare your family for disaster and emergency events, but to also prepare your home and property. Taking the time to prepare each year ahead of the season may minimise any potential damage that could occur during a disaster.

Some things you can do around your home include:

  • Trimming trees and branches and mowing your grass regularly
  • Removing all rubbish, leaf litter, firewood and fuel containers near the house
  • Checking and maintaining your roof and clearing gutters and downpipes
  • Ensuring your home is adequately and appropriately insured
  • Identifying where and how to turn of the mains supply (e.g. water, power and gas, etc.)
  • Stocking your house with emergency essential items (e.g. water, spare fuel, etc.)
  • Identifying loose objects in your yard or on your deck or balcony that may need to be secured or put away

Logan City Council provides a range of tools and resources to help residents prepare ahead of natural disasters. The  following video is an easy to follow, common sense approach to help make sure all Logan residents are ready and prepared for when a disaster strikes.

Download the 8 Tips to help prepare your home and family ahead of natural disasters (PDF 2066 KB) brochure, a quick guide that Council produced to help your family get ready for natural disasters and emergencies. This brochure is also available in Easy English (PDF 640 KB) or by audio below.

Emergency kit

During an emergency, there may be disruption to essential services, power and water supply. Ensure your family is prepared and able to cope with any disruptions by having a well-stocked emergency kit. Your emergency kit should be kept in a safe and easily accessible place.

Some of the essential items to have in your emergency kit include:

  • Battery-operated radio (with spare batteries)
  • Torch (with spare batteries)
  • First aid kit (with manual)
  • Essential medications with prescription details and toiletry and sanitary supplies
  • Water in sealed containers - 10 litres per person (3 days supply)
  • Canned or dried food with can opener and utensils (3 days supply)
  • Copies of important documents, such as insurance papers, drivers licence and passport and some spare money in case ATMs don’t work
  • Household emergency plan with contact numbers of emergency services, family and friends
  • Any special need items for elderly or infant family members
  • Pet food, water and other animal needs
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Spare clothes and bedding if you need to evacuate

It is important to regularly check your emergency kit to ensure items have not expired and the items can still be used in an emergency.

Emergency plan

Having an emergency plan for your household helps everyone know what to do in the event of an emergency. It is important to involve all household members when preparing your emergency plan and regularly practicing your plan will allow everyone to know what action to take to respond to a disaster event.

Your plan should include important information, including:

  • Household contact details
  • Emergency contact numbers and other important phone numbers
  • Contact numbers for people outside the immediate family, including friends, neighbours and out-of-town contacts
  • Evacuation routes from your home considering potential hazards such as flash flooding across roads
  • Utility shut off, such as electricity and safety
  • Meeting places in case you get separated or need to evacuate
  • Personal medical information for household members
  • Details and information for insurance and utility providers, such as your gas, phone, electricity, water and sewerage and contact information for schools, childcare centres, nursing homes and any other organisations
  • Consider what you will do with your pets and animals during a disaster as some evacuation centres may be unable to accommodate them

For more information and tips on preparing for particular risks, such as severe weather, flood, bushfire and heatwave, download the Disaster Management in Logan (PDF 209 KB) brochure, or to  download fact sheets and templates, visit the Queensland State Government's Get Ready Queensland website.