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Emergency Preparedness at Home

Emergency Preparedness at Home

Being Prepared Matters!

Emergencies can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning. Being prepared helps protect yourself, the people you love and the things you value most in the event of an emergency.

If there is an extreme weather event in your area, you should adhere to advice and warnings from relevant emergency services including SES, police, fire department etc. Once safe and able to do so, you must contact your key worker or the National After Hours Service (NAHS) to inform them of your location.

The National After Hours Service (NAHS) operates 5pm to 8.30am AEDT weekdays and 24/7 during the weekends and public holidays.

At Life Without Barriers we want to support foster and kinship carers with information and resources to help you to BE PREPARED.

This checklist is a good place to start - Extreme Weather Event Preparedness Checklist

When you're thinking about the things you need to prepare and making a plan, there are some great resources available from organisations such as:

The Emergency Service in your state or territory

Australian Red Cross

Emergencies and disasters are extremely stressful and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Children, even infants, can also be affected. They depend on the adults around them for safety and security, and will need reassurance, care, and opportunities to share their feelings.

Children tend to be among the worst affected in disasters.

Learn more about ways to help children prepare for, cope during and recover after a disaster or traumatic event.

Want to become a carer?
To become a foster carer your ability to care and nurture a child is what really matters.
To learn more, visit the LWB foster care website