Protecting your health in an emergency

A disaster or emergency can happen at any time - be prepared.

Protect your health in an emergency - download the information booklet - for information on what to do before, during and after an emergency event, such as: Water quality; Food safety; Getting rid of rubbish; Disposing of sewage; Accommodation; Looking after yourself; Hazardous substances; Volcanic ash; Pests; and what to include in your disaster emergency kit.

In an emergency babies are at more risk of becoming dehydrated or getting an infection so they need special care and attention view Feeding Your Baby in an Emergency for more information.

In the event of an emergency, ordinary systems and services are often disrupted - keep listening to your radio, check emergency, council and health websites for information, instructions and advice.

Floodwaters can carry bugs that cause disease from the ground surface, septic tanks and sewerage systems. Read more here about protecting your health during a flood alert