Preparing for an Emergency

28 February 2011

Again, we've had a grim and sad reminder from Christchurch that everyone here needs to be prepared.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Have you sorted out your emergency preparedness kit and a plan of action?

Things you'll need include:

  • Water - a minimum of three litres per person per day, eg a family of four needs at least 36 litres
  • Food for three days - eg long-life milk, cereal, crackers, tinned fish, tinned meat, baked beans, noodles, biscuits, muesli bars, nuts and raisins - and something for your pets
  • Essential medications
  • Radio and batteries
  • Toilet paper, plastic bags, nappies and sanitary items
  • Baby wipes (for washing)
  • Gas stove / BBQ and a lighter or matches
  • First aid kit
  • Torch and batteries
  • Candles

A battery-powered radio is particularly important. On the day of the Christchurch earthquake last week, 70 percent of households were without electricity. So unless you have a smart phone that could pick up Civil Defence instructions and advice for residents, a radio could be the only way to get essential information.

Want to receive emergency alerts as soon as possible? Our Emergency Management Office sends out alerts to your mobile phone about any potential large-scale emergency such as a tsunami. Sign up costs the equivalent of four standard texts, but after that, all text alerts that you receive from us are free.

You will receive three to four test messages a year - any other messages will be a real alert. If you receive an emergency alert, forward it to your networks or re-tweet if you're on Twitter. This service is not available on the 2degrees network at this stage.

Check the Emergency Management section of this website to find out how to sign up for emergency alerts:

Emergency Management

For more information on getting ready, visit the Ministry of Civil Defence's website:

Get Ready Get Thru website