Emergencies may not be something we think about every day, but they can strike at any time and disrupt lives in many different ways.
For life threatening emergencies call 000.
For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500.
The SES website has important information that you may find of interest www.ses.tas.gov.au.
The Tas Fire website also has important information that you may find interesting, with topics covering bushfire survival plans and checklists www.fire.tas.gov.au.
These plans include:
The DVD ‘Bushfire - Prepare to Survive 2010-15’, an essential guide to preparing yourself and your property for bushfires, can be obtained from the Council office or posted to you upon request.
During times of emergency such as bushfires and extreme weather events, your landline or mobile phone may now be used to deliver a critical warning. Learn more about this system at www.emergencyalert.gov.au
The Australian Food and Grocery Sector has also developed the following "Pantry List" in relation to ‘Preparing for an emergency’ http://www.afgc.org.au/download/1611/.
Kentish Council recommends that residents tune into ABC radio or link to ABC Northtas emergency warnings webpage or subscribe to ABC twitter and Facebook feeds.
In Tasmania, our emergency services run with the help of people just like you who work as volunteers.
While we are grateful to those who put their hand up in a crisis, the time to join is now and learn new skills before disasters happen.
As part of a team you’ll learn how to save lives, protect property and gain the confidence to help out in an emergency, becoming a proud, valuable member of your community.
We are on the look out, for people like you, to join, learn, be ready.
Are you ready to become one of us?
You can read more about the campaign, view the video, and find links to all the participating agencies at www.emergencyvolunteers.tas.gov.au
The following link to the Red Cross website has been designed to help people better prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies www.redcross.org.au/emergency-resources.aspx.
Since the start of 2013 Tasmania has experienced severe devastating bushfires which have damaged or destroyed many homes, properties, the built infrastructure and the natural environment.
Families lost their homes and thousands of people experienced evacuation, distress and dislocation.
The bushfires also had significant impact on livelihoods and the social infrastructure within communities.
Australian Red Cross Emergency Services is keen to promote resilience within our local communities and have developed the following booklets to assist people in preparing their households for an emergency:
Copies of the booklets are available at the Council Office - why not pick one up next time you’re passing.