4818.1 - Community Preparedness for Emergencies, NSW, Oct 2003  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/04/2004   
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An event that threatens or damages the dwelling or threatens or harms occupants of the dwelling. Major categories include house fires, bush fires, flooding, hail, wind, storms. Excludes emergencies of a purely medical nature.


A plan for what to do in an emergency. It may include any of the following:

  • steps to take in preparation immediately before an expected emergency
  • procedure for how to evacuate
  • steps to take during an emergency.


A fire blanket is a blanket made of non-combustible material for the purpose of smothering fires.


A portable radio that would be suitable for use in emergencies (i.e. small and light enough to carry, able to be powered by batteries in case of a power failure).


Includes any smoke detector, either mains and battery powered. Also includes a 'heat detector' installed as part of a security system.