Emotional and physical preparation for an emergency
An important part of your preparation for an emergency or disaster is to be emotionally and physically prepared.
In an emergency you'll need to consider how you might think, feel and react in a frightening situation such as:
- the sky turning black from bushfire smoke
- the power off for hours, even days
- a family member gone missing
- flash flooding cutting off access to your home
- not being able to contact anyone.
Having an understanding of your likely psychological response in an emergency situation can help you feel more emotionally and mentally in control and be better able to cope. You can prepare by:
- anticipating your emotional reactions to an emergency situation
- identifying your body changes relating to anxiety and any frightening thoughts that are adding to your fear
- managing your fears by using controlled breathing and keeping thoughts positive
- regularly practising your emergency plan.
You'll need to consider if you are physically capable of coping in different types of emergencies that may require putting out spot fires during a bushfire, enduring intense heat or cold, lifting and moving heavy items such as sandbags and furniture, and being agile enough to climb ladders.
You should plan to leave early if you:
- have doubts about your ability to manage emotionally or physically
- are dependent on others, due to a health, mental or physical disability.