It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference …
At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below.
Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness bag that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
- • Water—2 litres per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- • Flashlight
- • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- • Extra batteries
- • First aid bag
- • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- • Mobile phone with chargers
- • Family and emergency contact information
- • Extra cash
- • Emergency blanket
- • Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit.
Suggested items to help meet additional needs are :
- • Medical supplies (asthma puffers, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, walking stick)
- • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, nappies)
- • Games and activities for children
- • Extra set of car keys and house keys
- • Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
- • Whistle
- • Matches
- • Rain coats
- • Towels
- • Work gloves
- • Tools/supplies for securing your home
- • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- • Plastic sheeting
- • Duct tape
- • Scissors
- • Household liquid bleach
- • Blankets or sleeping bags.
Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area.
These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake, flood or cyclone.
- • Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio stations, TV, through the health HF radio network
- • Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.
- • Know the evacuation plans of the local authorities for disasters such as volcanic eruptions and the different stages of alerts
- • Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently. For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur.
- • When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid. This training is useful in many emergency situations.
- • Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed.
- • Meet with your family or household members.
- • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
- • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency
Choose two places to meet :
- • Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire
- • Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
- • Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or in their mobile phones.
Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
- • Decide the safest route you will take during an emergency. You may choose to go to a friend or wantok’s house in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter or care center if necessary.
- • Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive or walk your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.
- • Plan ahead for your animals should they need to be evacuated as well.
Emergency Contact Cards for All
- • Print one card for each family member.
- • Write the contact information for each household member, such as work, school and cell phone numbers.
- • Fold the card so it fits in your pocket, wallet or purse.
- • Carry the card with you so it is available in the event of a disaster or emergency.
Tel : 325 7016 / 8577
Fax : 325 9714
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
HQ HF Radio : selcal 1655
New Ireland HF Radio : selcal 5913
Manus HF Radio : selcal 2051
For contacts with Red Cross Branches in :
❐ Eastern Highlands
❐ Western Highlands
❐ Milne Bay
❐ East New Britain
❐ West New Britain
❐ `New Ireland
❐ `NCD & Central
Other Emergency Numbers
National Disaster Centre….. 325 0410
National Weather Service… 324 4583
Fire Service….. 325 4189