Being prepared is the best way to approach an emergency. The ACT Emergency Services Agency website has lots of information to help you prepare and respond to any emergency.
An emergency may be a natural event, such as flooding, a bushfire or major storm, or may be man-made such as a motor vehicle accident or the release of hazardous materials. An emergency can cause power outages, loss of telephone services, and road closures which can last several days or even weeks.
Along with emergency services, the community shares responsibility for preventing and responding to a disaster. To do this the community should be prepared for any type of emergency, anytime and anywhere.
Planning and being prepared for an event before it happens helps to protect life and property. Having an emergency plan in place will reduce the physical and emotional stress that a disaster can cause and knowing what to do, where to go and who to contact when a warning sounds will give you greater peace of mind.
Severe storms and hail events may require you to stay indoors as the best option. Ensure you listen to local radio stations or television broadcasts to stay up to date in these situations.
The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for emergency events such as bushfire, flooding and major storms. This signal is broadcast by radio and television during an emergency. If you hear the siren, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice that is given. Tune into your local radio station or television station or log on to an emergency services website. Emergency alerts may be sent by message to your landline or a text to your mobile. Emergency services personnel may also door knock to alert you to the threat
Thanks to the Goulburn Mulwaree Shire Council for assistance with the above information.