New research from NRMA Insurance has revealed that more than 12.3 million Australians don’t have a plan for wild weather and emergencies.

The research also found that two thirds of pet owners (66 per cent) did not know where they would safely keep their pets if an emergency arose.

The findings feature in the latest edition of the NRMA Insurance Wild Weather Tracker and highlight the critical need for every Australian household to have a plan in place for themselves and their pets.

The Get Prepared app has been co-created by NRMA Insurance and the Australian Red Cross, to make it simple for Aussie households to create an emergency RediPlan, that can be shared with friends and family members for peace of mind.

NRMA Insurance Executive Manager Claims Natalie Major is encouraging everyone to use the app to plan how they would respond and recover in an emergency.

“The app ensures that you have all the information you need such as key contacts, meeting places and important documents on-hand and easily accessible. It also prompts people to consider how they would manage stress during and after an emergency.”

Australian Red Cross Head of Emergency Services Andrew Coghlan says it’s important Australians prepare in advance for any type of emergency their household may encounter.

“Emergencies can occur anywhere, at any time and when they happen, there’s lots of decisions to make. Last year alone, Australian Red Cross supported more than 130,000 people during emergencies such as bushfires, floods, and severe storms.”

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