It's important to be prepared for an emergency because you never know when it's going to happen or where you or members of your family will be when it occurs. Anyone of your family or you could be at home, work, school or pre-school or a childcare centre.
If a disaster happened right now:
Do you know where your family members are?
Do you have a plan detailing where you will all meet?
Would you have enough food and water available to get you through at least three days?
Get your family or household together and agree on an emergency plan. A functional plan helps alleviate fears about potential disasters, and can help you respond safely and quickly when a disaster happens. In most emergencies you should be able to stay in your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least three days or more. Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.
Under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, businesses have an obligation to be prepared for an emergency. Put together a Workplace Emergency Plan for your business. Get your staff ready. Encourage staff to keep essential items they may need at work, including sturdy walking shoes, waterproof jacket, torch, snack food and water. Get involved in business continuity and emergency plans at industry level.