Under this section we will provide information to develop your plan for certain types of emergencies. Don't forget it's also important to make plans for your business and your beloved pets, more information below. You can create an emergency management plan using the Australian Red Cross' RediPlan' by downloading the 'Get Prepared' app for Android or Apple devices via your app store or printing the PDF version via RediPlan.
Further resources to help you develop your plan can also be found on Emergencies and disasters | Australian Red Cross.
The app or workbook will prompt you to:
- Add your household contacts, personal support network details and other important contacts,
- Plan for child pick up (if applicable),
- Add meeting places outside your house, outside your neighbourhood and a place to stay overnight,
- Determine your response capacity, etc.
Plan for certain types of emergencies
If you've identified certain types of disasters that you are more at risk of based on your home or business location, visit the relevant websites linked below for advice from the SES, Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmanian Department of Health for more information about how to prepare for those emergency events and add these to your emergency plan.
Flood Bushfire House Fire Heatwave Landslide Storm Tsunami
For flood-specific planning information, this Community Wise: Floodscapes video has been prepared to support residents by Tasmanian Visual Artist Karen Revie, Invermay Primary School and the Big Picture School.
Plan for pets and animals
If you have pets or animals at your property or business, it is important to plan for how you can care for or evacuate them in an emergency.
Evacuating your pets and animals early to a safe place offers both them and you the best chance of protection.
A PET PAL is a friend or relative where you can take your pet(s) to during an emergency situation. Talk to your PET PAL about your evacuation plans - will you stay or go? Show them where you keep your Pet Emergency Kit. Identify specific locations away from your immediate area where you can go to meet in an emergency, and display your PET PAL details somewhere the whole family can see them.
Pet Emergency Kit
Items your kit could contain include:
- Food and clean water
- First Aid kit
- Required medication
- Waste bags and litter
- Disinfectant and paper towel
- Vet and microchipping details
- Collars and leads
- Muzzle (if required)
- Toys and treats
- Crate or pet carrier
For more advice on how to plan for your pets in an emergency, visit the RSPCA's Ready, Pet, Go! website and view the City of Launceston PetPal resource below.
If you have animals and have identified bushfire is a risk in your area, visit the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania Website - Animals and Bushfire Planning. For more information about pets and heatwave, visit Pets and Heatwave.
For more information about planning for pets in a flood, this Community Wise: Floodscapes video has been prepared to support residents by Tasmanian Visual Artist Karen Revie, Invermay Primary School and the Big Picture School.
Plan for your business
In Tasmania, natural disasters such as floods, fire and even earthquakes can strike without warning. During an emergency, your main aim is to ensure your business continues operating. By carefully researching and planning before an emergency happens, you’ll be ready to act quickly and effectively.
- An emergency management plan helps you before, during and after an emergency:
- A continuity plan – helps you prepare your business for an emergency by identifying risks to critical areas and how to best protect them.
- An emergency action plan – helps you and your staff know what to do during an emergency situation.
- A recovery plan – guides your business’s recovery after an emergency.
Templates for these plans are available at Develop an emergency management plan | business.gov.au
Please also add a link to developing an emergency management plan from Business Tasmania Emergency management and disaster recovery | Business Tasmania