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Even if you aren’t directly affected by a natural disaster, a disruption to services may mean that you need to use an emergency kit. We’ll show you what you can consider packing to look after your family, and how to store it safely. You can check with your local emergency services website on specific items you may need in your area.

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    1Choose items for your family

    Choose a combination of supplies that suits your family including a first aid kit, non-perishable food such as canned goods, a can opener and plenty of clean drinking water. Pack a torch and batteries, as well as a wind-up or solar-powered torch. Toiletries are important to maintain your hygiene so include an appropriate range. Snap lock bags, garbage bags and even cling wrap can be handy for many different reasons.

    Soap, battery, toilet paper, nappies, baby wipes, toothpaste and brushes, bottled water, garbage bags, a first aid kit, canned food, sealable bags, a solar powered torch and a battery powered torch

    2Pack items into a large waterproof container

    Keep everything safe and secure in a large waterproof container with a sturdy lid. This will make your kit easy to transport and ensure everything inside it won't get wet or damaged. 

    A first aid kit, garbage bags, canned tuna and shampoo bottle

    3Visit your local authority website

    For more information about being prepared, visit your local authority website:

    Health & Safety

    Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

    Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.