Originally posted by raindammit: Make sure you take your time to browse through this thread. There are some good suggestions in here!
Here is some suggestion from the Department of Emergency Services (QLD):
[b]How to prepare your family
Keeping a lightweight portable gas cooker in your garage may be useful in the event of a long-term power disruption.
* Compile a list of emergency phone numbers and keep it somewhere that is visible to all family members.
* Nominate an interstate family member or friend to be a point of contact in case you and your family become separated during the cyclone.
* Find out if your home is located in an area that could be prone to storm surge or flooding by contacting your local council.
* Identify the strongest part of the house (usually the smallest room) and ensure everyone knows where this is in case you need to seek shelter in your home.
* Ensure at least one person in your household knows first aid.Prepare an Emergency Kit
Special food and medication may be required for infant, elderly or disabled family members.Every family should have a fully stocked Emergency Kit stored safely in their home.
This should include a portable radio, a torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food, sturdy gloves, waterproof bags, candles, matches, essential medications and copies of important documents (eg insurance details, birth certificates, prescription refills) in sealable
Queensland Ambulance Service recommends that families include the following in their First Aid Kit:
* 1 packet of plastic strips
* 1 roll of non-allergenic tape
* 2 sterile eye pads
* 4 triangular bandages
* 1 conforming gauze bandage
* 1 sterile combine dressing
* 1 stainless steel scissors
* 2 square gauze swabs
* 1 bottle antiseptic cream
* 1 wound closure steri-strip
* 1 bottle antiseptic solution
* 5 alcohol swabsDevelop an evacuation plan
Contact your local council if your family requires special assistance to evacuate.It is essential that you spend a few minutes with your family now to talk about what you will do if an evacuation becomes necessary.
Remember that evacuations are only ordered if storm surge or flooding is likely.
* Identify a safe place to evacuate to if storm surge or floods are threatening. Family or friends who live in secure accommodation that is further inland and on higher ground are the best option.
* Listen to local Community Service Announcements (on radio, television and in newspapers) to identify the preferred evacuation routes for your area.
* Ensure you have a supply of fuel stored safely in your garage in case you need to evacuate at short notice.
* Practise a drill with your family to ensure everyone is familiar with the evacuation plan.
* Ensure everyone is familiar with the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS). SEWS is generally broadcast when a cyclone is expected to hit within 12 hours. Find out more at http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au/disasters/warning.asp
* Decide how you will look after your pets if you cannot take them with you.How to prepare your home
* Contact your local council to check that your home has been built to cyclone standards.
* Ensure your home and contents insurance covers you for storm surge, flooding and cyclone damage including clean-up and debris removal.
* Check the condition of your roof and repair any loose tiles, eaves or roof screws.
* Ensure windows are fitted with shutters or metal screens.
* Trim any branches overhanging your house and clear gutters of leaves and debris. Source.