Useful Information

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Emergency Management Response & Preparedness

On Friday 8th Aug 2014 Jim gave a presentation on emergency management and response. The presentation included the roles and responsibilities of government and non-government agencies, key elements of emergency management, lessons learnt from recent disasters and operational responses and the need for individuals to develop their own emergency plans. He provided checklists and links from expert sources to help members develop their own emergency responses (as below).

Emergency Contacts

For urgent life-threatening matters:

Ring 000 or 112 (mobiles in some areas) – specify Police, Fire & Rescue or Ambulance

For enquiries and non-life threatening matters:

ACT Police (Attendance)                131444

ACT Fire and Rescue                     (02) 6205 2927

ACT Ambulance Service                 (02) 6200 4126 (bookings), (02) 6207 9980 (Admin)

ACT State Emergency Services      132 500

Links for further information and checklists on fires, storms, floods & the home emergency kit:

ACT Emergency Services Agency:

ACT State Emergency Services:    

ACT Fire & Rescue:                        

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has a range of information on its site with the main ones for residents listed here:

Australian Red Cross

The latest from the Red Cross (2016) on being Prepared

Get your latest Red Cross Rediplan Preparedness Guide

The following Emergency planning (REDiplan) checklists are useful:

Emergency Management Tips

Fire and Storms

  1. Your Yard and balcony

Maintain your yard and balcony

Secure or put away things that could blow away in strong winds

  1. Gutters

Regularly clean gutters, downpipes and drains to prevent blockages

  1. Trees, Shrubs and Branches

Trim trees, and shrubs, these could fall on your home or yard, or could catch fire

Rake mulch away from the house

  1. Roof

Check your roof – fix any damage, such as broken or missing tiles

  1. Insurances

Check your house and contents insurances to confirm coverage against fire and storm

  1. Plan

Prepare an emergency plan (see brochure)

Outline what you would do and where you will go in an emergency

  1. Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit (overleaf)

Consider potential loss of utility services (water, power, gas)

  1. Radio

Turn on radio (battery operated) and/or TV

Check weather warnings and progress

Emergency Checklist – (Indicative only)

1. Emergency Kit

Radio – portable, batteries or wind-up

Torch – batteries or wind-up

First aid kit, manual, combination pocket knife, bottle and can opener

Candles & waterproof matches

Documents – identity, bank, ownership & insurances

Emergency plan – copies

Medications, toiletries, sanitary supplies, change of clothes & personal items

Special needs for infants, the aged and disabled

Water in sealed containers (3 litres per person, per day)

Waterproof bag for valuables

2. Evacuating your property (Emergency Survival Kit)

Mobile phones and chargers

Medications & toiletries, wipes, towels etc. (as above)

Baby supplies – nappies, powder, cleansers, dummy etc.

Supplies for other people travelling with you

Appropriate footwear and clothing (spare clothing, socks, underwear, strong shoes, leather gloves, hat, goggles, overalls)

Food – long lasting canned and dry food

Portable cooking apparatus with fuel

Tent or tarpaulin, blankets, sleeping bags

Cash money (including change for phone calls)

Water – drinking and cleaning (based on 3 litres per person per day)

Plastic bags (strong for rubbish, valuables, documents, photographs)

3. Three Golden Rules

Turn off power, gas and water – turn gas bottle outlet away from house

Take your Emergency Survival Kit with you

Listen for and action emergency warnings and safety advice on radio or TV

Coping Emotionally

You need to be calm to control your fear and actions. Someone will need your help!

Stop what you’re doing and take a few deep breaths – try to breathe into your stomach.

Focus on your feelings and any irrational thoughts. Talk calmly about them with family or friends.

Focus on practical tasks you and your family can do.

Explain to children what is happening and what they may be feeling. Reassure them and let them help.

When the danger has passed, check if children or neighbours are still distressed. Discuss their experience with them.

Take some satisfaction weathering the emergency and surviving a very stressful and threatening situation.

Note: We all experience a range of physical and emotional reactions during and after emergencies. If these reactions continue for an extended period consult your local health service.

Defibrillators (AEDs) & if someone is fitted with either an implanted defibrillator or a pacemaker

15th Jun 2018 – Paul McCarthy reported that the pads for the Shed’s defibrillator are out of date and so have to be replaced. The Cyclers have agreed to pay for the new pads from the “coffee card” kitty. The Shed’s first aid kit & defibrillator are both at the back of the main room, the former in the small cupboard attached to the wall & the latter on top of the cupboard under the “AED” sign (AED is “Automatic External Defibrillator”). If anyone needs to find a defibrillator in an emergency they are always identified by the “AED” sign, similar to the one on the left. Ideally, someone trained in the AED’s operation should use it. However, in an emergency an untrained person can apply the AED by switching it on & then following the instructions provided by the AED itself  |  Frank O’Rourke asked whether or not someone fitted with either an implanted defibrillator or a pacemaker should have an external defibrillator applied to them, even if they are unresponsive. The answer from a paramedic is that anyone who is unresponsive & not breathing may be shocked with a defibrillator, even if they have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator (the AED itself will determine if a shock is required). The fact that the person is unresponsive shows that their implanted equipment has not successfully dealt with their problem. Such implants are on the upper part of the chest, usually on the left-hand side but are occasionally on the right. Before applying the defibrillator pads, the operator should check that the patient does not have anything such as a pacemaker or a defibrillator implanted on their right-hand side. If something appears to be implanted on the right-hand side of the chest then the defibrillator pad for that side should be attached to the person’s back, just below the top of the right shoulder, rather than in its usual position. Once the pads are both attached then the normal procedure for using a defibrillator is followed.  For further information see  this US site  or Australian First Aid advice

6th Aug 2018 More on Defibrillators – A month or so ago we watched a video demonstrating CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator).  At the time someone asked if there is an app that shows the location of AEDs in Canberra.  Paul McCarthy searched but didn’t find anything satisfactory (He found some but they showed only a couple of AEDs in Belconnen, which he knew was not correct).  Today he stumbled on the following site that shows quite a few AED locations around Canberra.  You can set it up in an android phone as a “Favourite” in your browser and it looks like it can also be downloaded into an iPhone as an Android app.

22nd Jun 2018 – The Cycling group purchased replacement pads ($102) for the Shed’s AED (defibrillator) because the old pads had reached their use-by date. The total donated from the “coffee card” funds is now $6,638