Are you prepared?
Having come through the 1931 earthquake and its aftermath, Napier knows what the consequences of a major disaster can mean to a community. 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.
Awareness and preparation are vital for coping with an unexpected disaster or emergency.
Household survival plans and disaster survival kits are empowering tools. They allow us to be better prepared and make us more self-sufficient when faced with difficult circumstances.
Household Survival Plan
- Agree on ways for getting in touch with family members and put in place plans for reuniting.
- Arrange for authorised people to collect your children from school.
- Provide the school with a list of these people
- Establish a meeting place should your house become unusable or if family members are separated.
- Allocate tasks for those at home when a disaster occurs - these might include turning off the power and the gas and checking on neighbours.
- Do a first aid course.
- Learn the location of your nearest civil defence centre.
Disaster Survival Kit
- 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.
For more information go to the Get Thru website www.getthru.govt.nz