Part of being prepared is knowing what you'll need to do during and after any emergency.
Call triple zero (000) if someone is seriously injured or in need of urgent medical help:
- your life or property is being threatened
- you have just witnessed a serious accident or crime
- you need to report a fire.
In some emergencies the safest action is to stay inside, but in other circumstances it can be safer to leave a building or evacuate an entire area. The appropriate action depends on the particular hazard causing the emergency.
Consult the relevant information and action guides and follow advice from emergency authorities.
If you have time before you leave, you should:
- Turn off power, gas, water
- Lock doors and windows
- Take your home emergency kit with you
- Stay informed
- Listen for emergency warnings and safety advice on radio or television
- Follow social media, and monitor websites
- Don't forget your pets' needs, and
- Pay special attention if you receive an Emergency Alert message or hear the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).
- Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a bush fire survival plan, ensure you know what you will do before, during and after the fire.
- Remember – leaving early is your safest option
Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place a last resort during a bush fire emergency. Get more information about Neighbourhood Safer Places in the Blue Mountains LGA.
For a list of emergency numbers go to bmcc.nsw.gov.au/community-safety/emergencies-contacts-useful-links or download a printable version of the emergency contacts and information flyer here.
There are many organisations who can assist you with the psychological effects of an emergency.
The Employee Assistance Program has also opened up their phone lines to all members of the community, not just those of us who are working for a participating employer, during this period. The Crisis Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at: 1300 361 008.