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Civil Defence & Emergency Management
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Are you prepared?

All possible events are prevalent in New Zealand, that is one of the reasons it is such a stunning country. Here in Napier we are subject to a few threats and it's essential we all prepare to get through a disaster be it natural or man-made. Such events can happen at any time. Being prepared can make a significant difference - it reduces the impacts and helps us to manage in such situations.

What are the basics?

Having a plan is an empowering tool to ensuring your family is ready to get through anything. The national emergency website Never Happens? has a plan online that you can fill in, then print out for the fridge. Good idea to make sure everyone has a copy. 

These are the Emergency Survival Items you need to have at home.

  • Water - at least three litres per person per day for three days. More is better. Don't use milk containers for storing water.
  • Food - at least three days' supply. Include canned and dried goods.
  • Ensure there is an alternative cooking source available such as a BBQ or camp cooker
  • Keep essential utensils such as a can opener and a fire lighter on hand.
  • Every household member will need warm waterproof clothing, sturdy shoes and an emergency blanket.
  • Keep important family documents together and safe in a readily accessible place.
  • Medications and a first aid kit.
  • Baby supplies.
  • Soap, wet wipes, toilet paper.
  • At least one torch with spare batteries.
  • A wireless radio with spare batteries.
  • A notebook and pen.

Getaway Kit for evacuation is essential, especially in Napier where you may have to move fast.

  • Torch and radio with spare batteries
  • Any special needs such as hearing aids and spare batteries or medication
  • Emergency water and easy to carry food
  • First aid kit
  • Warm clothing
  • Change of footwear for walking
  • Sleeping bag or emergency blanket
  • Face and dust mask
  • Personal documentation
  • Small amount of cash

These lists are just a guide. Have a think about what else you might need. The Never Happens? website is a good guide.

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