Preparing for an Emergency

How to prepare for an emergency

The Australian Red Cross has been supporting people during times of disaster for many years and understands that being prepared for bushfire, flood, cyclone or whatever disaster you may experience means that you will be more likely to recover quickly.

For more information on how to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency, visit the Australian Red Cross emergency preparation website.


For information relating to fire preparedness, please visit the Getting Fire Ready section of Council’s website.

Floods and storms

Floods and storms are one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters.  Be prepared by following Victoria State Emergency Service advice.

For information about preparing for floods and storms visit:


A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could adversely affect human health, community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport) and services.

Heatwaves can affect anybody and cause illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke which can be fatal. The most important things to remember are:

  • Keep cool  
  • Drink plenty of water  
  • Stay out of the sun  
  • Look after yourself and others

For more information visit:

For information about caring for pets and animals and preventing them from suffering heatstroke, visit the RSPCA website.

Emergency broadcasters

Stay tuned into an emergency broadcaster to hear emergency updates, community alerts and other important messages. Tune in to ABC Melbourne 774, Mixx 106.3 FM Colac, 3CS 1134 AM Colac, or ABC Local 107.9 Ballarat. View a list of Emergency Broadcasters here