Your emergency evacuation plan

An emergency requiring you to evacuate is something many of us rarely think about. However, implementing an evacuation plan in case of such an emergency could be the difference between life and death. The reasons for evacuation can vary from natural disasters such as fire, floods and earthquakes to gas leaks, chemical spills, vehicle accident and of course, medical emergency. Whilst many of us like to think we will be calm and collected during an emergency, having a plan in place will save you precious time, provide you with a plan of action and will ensure you have the right equipment, such as a first aid kit to help you act quickly. As the scouts say, always be prepared!

St John SA has developed an easy to follow checklist which will help you develop your evacuation plan. You’ll need to contemplate which emergency scenarios you could encounter and tailor your plans from there. For example, the residents in the Adelaide Hills are at particular risk of bush fire events, especially in our hot South Australian summers and should definitely consider a number of escape routes depending on which direction the fire is heading.

When drafting your evacuation plan it’s important to consider the following:

- make sure the whole household is aware of the evacuation plan and its location;
- what type of emergency situations are you most likely to face; and
- do the children know what to do if they are home alone during an emergency?

In addition, make sure you remember to include and keep these six P’s ready to go in an emergency:

In case of emergency items

We suggest developing your list for a worst case scenario and then decide what you need at the time of the actual situation. For example, an emergency visit to hospital might have you needing medication, sleepwear and your wallet but the camping gear can probably stay at home.

Completing this leaflet will mean you have given some thought to your evacuation plan, given your family a sense of security because they will know what to do and will serve as a checklist for what you may need to take with you. We suggest keeping this list somewhere easy to find such as on the fridge and keeping a spare copy amongst important documents that you might take with you in an emergency such as your insurance papers.

So don’t be caught unaware without a plan of action – fill out your emergency evacuation plan today.

 

Emergency evacuation plan pdf