Plan for an emergency: Survival kit

Emergency agencies recommend having a kit ready with items that will help you survive and recover from a disaster.

It is recommended that you keep your kit in a handy location, in a container or bag that's big enough to add extra items when you're responding to a specific disaster.

Some of the items you might like to include in your basic kit are:

  • Battery-powered, wind-up or solar-powered radio tuned to 101.5 Mhz FM or 612 Khz AM
  • Waterproof torch
  • Spare batteries for all devices
  • First aid kit and guide book
  • Toiletries including soap, handwash gels, alcohol wipes, toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste and sanitary items
  • Cash and a phone card
  • Woollen blankets
  • Candles with waterproof matches or glow sticks
  • Drinking water (consider having 10 litres per person to last three days)
  • Dried and long-life food to last three days, include a can opener and utensils
  • Waterproof bags for valuable items and documents
  • Copies of essential documents such as prescriptions and insurance details or a USB stick with scanned copies
  • Your written bushfire, cyclone, flood or emergency survival plan, including contact numbers of family or neighbours
  • Items of protective clothing suitable for likely emergencies in your area such as long-sleeved natural-fibre shirts for bushfire areas, protective footwear or rubber boots in flood areas.

When a threat is present and you may need to relocate, here's some items you should include in your kit:

  • Prescription medications
  • Toiletries and a change of clothes
  • Mobile phone charger
  • ATM cards and credit cards
  • Important documents or valuables including passports, wills, photos, jewellery, insurance papers or mementoes. We also recommend copies of these documents be stored on a USB Memory Stick

Don't forget to look after those people with special needs in your family by placing essential items near your survival kit, such as:

  • Mobility aids
  • Nappies and supplies for infants
  • Encourage children to pack their favourite toy, colouring books, pens and pencils, cards or board games
  • Items to keep your pets comfortable including a leash, basket, travelling cage and a familiar toy


    Queensland Contacts

    Emergency Management Queensland
    Lead government agency for coordinating disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery

    State Emergency Service - call 132 500 for assistance
    Providing assistance to help the community cope with the impact of emergencies and road accident rescue

    Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
    Providing fire-fighting and rescue services as well as community awareness and education on fire and road safety issues

    Rural Fire Service Queensland
    Covering rural areas with fire-fighting, fire prevention and community education services

    Queensland Police Service
    Preventing, detecting and investigating crime, promoting road safety and coordinating emergency and rescue operations




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