PREPARED: Melissa, Nan and Jonathon display their example of a disaster kit at Semita House. The kit was based on their experience of being in a flood and from information sourced from the Emergency Management QLD website. sg-81210-014
PREPARED: Melissa, Nan and Jonathon display their example of a disaster kit at Semita House. The kit was based on their experience of being in a flood and from information sourced from the Emergency Management QLD website. sg-81210-014

Old flood hands help out

STAFF and clients of Central Family Support have used their past experiences to prepare a household emergency kit that will be displayed at the Emerald Library for the next week.

Central Family Support is an organisation that values people with disabilities and supports them to fulfil valued roles in open and inclusive communities. They operate Yumba Bimbi Respite Centre and Semita House. “Some of our participants remember the 2008 flood and had some very good ideas about what should be in an emergency kit based on their experiences,” said president Peter Dowling.

“As an organisation, we discussed preparing an emergency kit and having it displayed so people would be prompted to think about getting a kit ready before they need it.

“Actually seeing one prepared can be just the trigger people need to get it ready.

“We don’t know if or when another disaster is coming, but it is better to be prepared than trying to get things at the last minute.

“We would like all families to consider having a kit like this ready to go should the need ever arise.”

Jonathon was evacuated in the last flood and spent a few nights at the Town Hall with his family.

He suggested that the kit should contain board games or a pack of cards.

“There can be a lot of waiting around doing nothing. You can’t sleep very much, so I think games would help a lot.”

Nan spoke about taking her pets to a friend to stay when she had to leave her house.

“We made sure to take plenty of food for them. You have to think about your animals and where they can stay if you have to go,” she said.

“We also put everything up high in the house and took our clothes and food and left.”

The group from Semita House has been speaking with local businesses about contributing to the emergency kit and was overwhelmed by the response.

The kit was based on information sourced from the Emergency Management Queensland website.


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