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Overview

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 need to pack to look after your family, and how to store it safely.

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Steps

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

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.