It is important to prepare yourself, your home, and your pets well before an emergency hits.
In the event of a heatwave, we have gathered expert advice to help you prepare and act.
Prepare you home
- Check fridges, freezers, fans and air-conditioners work properly
- Put together a small emergency kit in case of a power failure. A torch, batteries, battery operated radios and first aid kit.
- Stock up on food for your pets and medications so you can stay inside during the height of the heat.
- Check your ventilation throughout your house. yourhome.gov.au/live-adapt/adapting-climate-change
- Install curtains or blinds on the side of the house that faces the sun to keep it cooler in hot weather
- Insulting your home to help reduce the indoor temperature when the weather is hot and to maintain warmer temperatures when cold. www.climatechange.environment.nsw.gov.au
- Make sure you have the contact list handy of people who may be able to help you.
- Learn about safe food storage and medicine during hot weather especially during and after a power outage. foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumer/keeping-food-safe/summer-eating
- Ensure medications are stored below 25c.
- For more information on managing medications in the event of a power outage click here.
- Visit the Ausgrid website for information about current power outages in NSW. ausgrid.com.au/Outages/Current-Outages
Staying heat healthy
- Fill spray bottles with cool water to spray your face and help you cool down.
- Stay hydrated - Ensure you drink enough water.
- Take time to drink plenty of water and what your doctor recommends if you have a medical condition.
- Don’t replace your water with alcoholic or sugary drinks
- Stay aware of your own health as well as checking in friends and family who may be at risk and seek medical advice from Health Direct and NSW Health.
- Make sure you have contact details for your practitioner, pharmacist or other health advice sources such as Health Direct.
- Stay inside, keep the air-con to cool and blinds closed.
- Check how the heat will impact planned daily activities and exercise routines and plan accordingly
Looking after your pets
Ensuring your fur babies are looked after during heat waves is important. Make a plan for your pets early before emergencies hit.
Take steps to keep them safe
- When you leave your pets at home in safe, cool, ventilated area. Ensure at least 2 bowels of water and where possible leave air-conditioning on or fans on in the house.
- Avoid exercising your pets in the hottest part of the day or on hot surfaces.
- Never leave pets in an unattended car
- Key signs of Heat Stroke in animals
- Rapid panting
- Muscle tremors or collapsing
- Signs of mental confusion
Contact the nearest vet immediately if your pet develops these signs or you are concerned for their welfare.
If you find wildlife is impacted during emergencies, please contact your licenced wildlife rescue group.