Your getaway kit

In some emergencies, such as a flood or volcanic eruption, you will need to evacuate and take your Getaway Kit with you.

Your Getaway Kit should include:

  • Torch and radio with spare batteries.
  • Important documents (identification such as birth and marriage certificates, driver's licences and passports); financial information (insurance policies, mortgage information).
  • Hearing aids, glasses, mobility aids for elderly or vulnerable members of your household.
  • Emergency food rations that can easily be carried, such as energy bars and dried foods, in case there are delays in reaching a welfare centre or a place where you might find support. If you have any specific dietary requirements it is important to ensure you have extra supplies.
  • Emergency bottled water.
  • First aid kit and essential medicines.
  • Essential items for an infant or young child.
  • Change of clothes (wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes).
  • Toiletries - towel, soap, toothbrush, sanitary items, toilet paper.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Face and dust masks.
  • Selection of family photos.

Emergency Supplies for your Vehicle:

  • In addition to the basic vehicle safety items - a properly inflated spare tyre, wheel wrench and jack - you should also keep a smaller version of your Emergency Survival Kit Survival Items and a first aid kit in your vehicle.
  • Include maps for areas in which you drive regularly, basic tools (pliers, adjustable wrench, screwdriver etcetera), torch and extra batteries, duct tape, a reflective triangle, signal flares, a phone card for making calls, coins for using vending machines, and essential fluids (water, oil, coolant, and transmission fluid). Rags are helpful to wipe up fluid or cleaning grime off your hands.
  • You may also consider having a fire extinguisher, jumper cables, bottled water, non-perishable food, medications, toilet tissue and pre-moistened towelettes in case you break down or get stuck. Check your vehicle supplies regularly for expired or unusable items.
  • When driving in extreme winter conditions or cold climates, you should add a windshield scraper, brush, shovel, tyre chains and warm clothing. Blankets and sleeping bags will keep you warm and can also be used to cover the group when making repairs or changing tyres. Extra socks and shoes are helpful if your feet get wet or you are wearing non-waterproof shoes.