Be legally prepared before a disaster

Be legally prepared before a disaster

It is a good idea to be legally prepared before a fire, bushfire, flood or other natural disaster occurs – even if you live in a town or city.

It is important to make sure your insurance is up-to-date and has the right cover for fire and flood. 

It is also easier if you have all your documents, account numbers, wills and passports ready in a disaster kit.

Disaster kit

Keep a pre-packed kit of important documents in case you need to leave very quickly. When you are dealing with companies and governments after a disaster it makes things easier to have all your documents and account numbers ready to go. A list of the important information you may need is on the Disaster Legal Help website.

The kit should also include:

  • a description of your home and a list of your valuable belongings
  • a checklist of what to do after the event
  • a list of key contacts you may need for dealing with recovery from a disaster.

The list of key contacts should include the phone numbers for:

  • Victoria Legal Aid – 1300 792 387
  • your insurance company
  • your bank
  • your doctor
  • your real estate agent or landlord if you are renting
  • Centrelink
  • your local council
  • your power, gas and water companies.

Get help

Find out how you can get help if you have experienced a natural disaster.