The Christchurch earthquake of 2011, the Nelson fire of 2019, and the Auckland flooding in January 2023 – these unforeseen events up-ended lives and left thousands of Kiwis displaced without warning.
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Here are some steps to be prepared.
Store emergency water
What would you do if you had no running water? Emergency water is the single best thing you can store to be more prepared for a major earthquake or other disaster.
The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (or WREMO) says you should have enough water to last for seven days.
The recommended amount of stored emergency water is 140 litres per person per week (20 litres per person per day). And don’t forget about your pets. Put extra aside for your furry friends. You may also need to store more if you have unwell people or small children in your family.
More about storing emergency water, including info on storage vessels and where to get water tanks, is on the WREMO website.
Get a grab bag ready to go
A grab bag or getaway kit is a small backpack of essential items you can grab if you need to evacuate your home or workplace with little or no warning.
Have grab bags ready for everyone in your whānau or household. Each bag should have walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat and hat, water and snack food, hand sanitiser, phone charger, cash, and copies of important documents and photo ID. Remember any medications you might need as well!
Visit the Get Ready website for more info about what to pack.
You can buy a pre-made grab bag at Grab & Go.