It’s cyclone season – is your emergency kit ready?
No matter where you live in the Territory, an emergency kit is an absolute necessity for every household. The Top End of the Northern Territory is prone to cyclones from November to May.
Cyclones usually affect coastal areas but can travel inland. They are dangerous and produce destructive winds, heavy rainfall, flooding and storm surges.
Depending on your location, you may need to rely on your kit to get through until the emergency has passed or help arrives. That’s why it is so important to be prepared. Your kit should be able to sustain you and your family for 72 hours or more.
Your emergency kit should include:
- battery-operated radio with spare batteries
- torch with spare batteries, candles and waterproof matches
- first aid kit and manual with any essential medicines that may not be found in a basic kit
- a change of clothes for each member of the household (wind and waterproof, hats, leather gloves, strong protective closed-in shoes)
- blankets or sleeping bags
- toilet paper and essential toiletries, including sunscreen
- special needs for infants (food, formula, nappies, toys), the aged or people with disabilities
- money, including change for phone calls
- important family documents (birth and marriage certificates, driver's licence, passports, insurance policies and photos)
- strong and sealable plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents and photographs)
- a mobile phone, spare battery and charger
- extra car and house keys
- a copy of your household plan
- pet supplies
- non-perishable foods (dried and canned - label cans and don't forget the can opener)
- 10 litres of bottled water per person (three days plus)
- portable cooker (if using gas remember to have spare canisters or bottles)
- cooking equipment and eating utensils
- A cloth face mask or multiple disposable masks, hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes