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What To Do In Case of Emergencies In Melbourne

Earthquakes, floods, landslides, storms, fire, electrical problems… There are lots of emergencies that can happen anytime of the day or night in Melbourne. We should be well prepared for when these emergencies occur without warning.

Here, we review what we should do and how we can prepare to be ready for when these emergencies in Melbourne strike.

Take note…

In Case Of Emergency: Do not Panic

In case of emergency you should always stay calm and avoid making irrational actions. Remain levelheaded and pay attention to news and other official announcements of information about the emergency.

Read our tips below to better prepare yourself for an emergency.

Tip #1: Prepare an emergency kit

Make sure your family has an emergency kit and ensure it’s stored it in an accessible location.

A basic emergency kit should contain:
– Water: at least two litres per person
– Food: canned food, energy bars and dried food are great and won’t spoil
– Flashlights and spare sets of batteries
– Portable radio with extra batteries
– First aid kit
– Specific medication for a person (if someone has asthma or diabetes etc.)
– Whistle

Additional contents can include:

– Candles, lighters and matches
– Spare clothes (warm and comfortable)
– Toiletries
– Basic tools: hammer, gloves, screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, penknife or small knife, electrical insulators
– Grill or boiler
– Important documents

Tip #2: Keep a list of emergency numbers

Know that there are emergency hotlines in Melbourne that you can call. They can help you in any situation, however, you should only call Triple Zero if you, someone else, or property is in danger or will potentially be in danger.

Emergency, Fire, Police, Ambulance – 000
Non-Emergency Police – 131 444
SES assistance in floods and storms – 132 500
Poisons Information Centre – 131 126
Counselling Service – 136 169
Road Accident and Towing – 131 176
Dental Hospital – 9341 1040
Maritime and Aviation Rescue – 9674 3000
Nurse On Call – 1300 606 024
Animals Emergencies (Veterinary) – 9731 2232
Gas Leaks Emergencies – Multinet Gas 132 691 or Envestra 1800 676 300

Electrical Emergencies

There are a number of situations arising from the use of electricity in our everyday lives that could be classified as emergencies. Power outages, electric shocks, overheated and exploded appliances, faulty household wiring that can cause fire, and many more.

In case of electrical emergencies or power failure in your street or neighbourhood, call these numbers:

Citipower – 13 12 80
AusNet Services – 13 17 99
Jemena – 13 16 26
United Energy – 13 20 99

In case of electrical emergencies or power failure at your house only, call an emergency electrician in Melbourne. If you spot a potential hazard like a sparking plug or an appliance with a burnt smell, stay away from it and call the professionals.

Briggs Electrical – 1300 300 222

Tip #3: Have a contingency plan

Have a contingency plan that should be followed in case of emergency.

– Identify escape routes and safe zones
– Assign roles and responsibilities to family members
– Set a meeting place so your family will know where to meet in case you are separated
– If your children are in school, decide who’s going to look after them in case of an emergency
– Have the contact details of close relatives
– Do not store important documents in low places. Keep them high or in airtight containers to prevent damage. In an emergency, you should take these documents with you
– Identify the location of gas and electrical stopcocks. You should close these in case of emergency to prevent further damage into your house
– Prepare yourself and your family to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after the emergency occurred

Tip #4: Practice makes perfect

Last but not least is to practice.

Every now and then, the local government of Melbourne, private associations, and your neighbourhood conduct emergency drills. Participate and take it seriously, as these drills will prepare you for the real thing.

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