Today officially marks the start of our Australian Summer, a great reminder to stop and think about your family evacuation and emergency plans, ahead of what could be another serious bushfire season.
In high risk areas the consistent messaging from all state bush fire authorities around the country is to prepare your emergency kits early and practice packing your car. We all know how easy it is to forget everything you need in the heat of the moment, so as part of your bushfire plan, put together an emergency kit that contains everything you may need today like important documents, medication and equipment, along with:
(image: CFA Victoria)
- Overnight bag with change of clothes and toiletries
- Medicines and first aid kit
- Important information, such as passport, will, photos, jewellery
- Mobile phone and charger
- Adequate amount of water
- Wool blankets
- Contact information for your doctor, council and power company
- Additional masks
- Hand sanitiser
- Antibacterial wipes
Store your emegency kit in an easily accessible location, and before you leave ensure you add your ID Drivers Licence, toiletries, any sentimental items, your ATM cards and cash.
The devastating bushfires that swept across the country earlier this year saw access to mobile networks, power sources and water supply gone within a matter of hours, the only way to buy essentials such as food, water and fuel was with cash.
Ensuring everyone in Australia has access to cash when and where they need it, Armaguard Group has launched atmx, a truly national network of over 2100 ATMs, delivering essential access to cash for everyone, whether you are in a big city, by the coast or in a small country town.