Emergency preparation

Disasters happen - don't think if, think when

Emergencies and disasters - including extreme heat, fire, flood and human disease - can happen at any time and affect anyone.

You need to prepare

Many people think they don’t have time to make a plan, or that they don’t need one.

Those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of an emergency and are likely to recover more quickly. A plan will help you know what to do to avoid having to make last minute decisions that could prove deadly.

You'll need to be able to look after yourself when an emergency or disaster occurs, emergency services may not be able to help you straight away.

Even if you're not directly affected by an emergency such as a fire or flood, you may still be affected as roads may be closed, access to some areas may be restricted, and electricity and water supplies may be cut off.

The time to prepare is now - don’t wait until it is too late.

Recent incidents in South Australia

Thousands of South Australians are affected by emergencies every year.

In severe storms, properties can be damaged by heavy winds and flooding. The extreme weather events in September and October 2016 caused wide spread flooding and triggered a state-wide power blackout with large areas of the state without power for several days.

In bushfires, people and animals die and properties are destroyed. The Sampson Flat bushfire in January 2015 cost over $36 million, while people lost their lives in the Pinery bushfire in November 2015.

During heat waves, hundreds of people are affected by heat-related illnesses. During the February 2014 heatwave in SA, 275 people were taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Homes are destroyed and people die in house fires. On average there are 1,000 structural fires and four house-fire-related deaths each year in SA.


Related information

Other websites

Don’t panic, surviving extremes - ABC video


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Page last updated 3 March 2017

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