DISASTERS are inevitable, but the manner in which they are handled can make the world of difference.
Put yourself, your family and your property in good stead with planning and preparation.
Disaster Recovery coordinator Russell Barne said every new disaster should be treated on its own merit, but preparations are largely similar for all.
"People tend to forget all common sense each and every time there's a new disaster," he said.
"But the essentials are always the same no matter what you are confronting."
Mr Barne said the hardest times associated with disasters were often not the impact itself, but the clean-up effort and scramble for resources.
"Everyone always forgets simple things like filling up their cars with petrol and withdrawing cash from ATMs," he said.
"It's common courtesy to help your neighbours out, and I must say, Australians are pretty good for that. Do yourself a favour and stock up to avoiding fighting over the last loaf of bread."
- Prepare an emergency kit with essential items to survive several days without power including a radio, food, torch, water batteries and candles.
- Be aware of what risks exist in your area.
- Be prepared to lose access to your local store, or main roads.
- Sign up for Early Warning Alert System on the council website.
- Ensure you have cash: ATM's can be expected to be down for a number of days.
- Fill your vehicles with fuel.