What with earthquakes, extreme weather, fire and floods, New Zealand can indeed seem like the Four Elements’ playground. It’s natural to fear what is in store next but planning and preparation can make a huge difference to how we cope when bad days come.
Think about who you expect to come to your aid. Talk about this with your family/whānau, friends and neighbours. In a disaster these people may not be able to help you so take account of this.
Prepare a survival kit. Include a torch and a radio with spare batteries for both; a charged cellphone; wind and waterproof clothing, sun hat and strong outdoor shoes; and a first aid kit and essential medicines.
For a prolonged emergency you’ll also need a stock of food and water. Think about what you will need if you lose power, water, sewerage or other basic services.
Pack a ‘get away quick’ bag. This should include sensible warm clothing, footwear and basic toiletries. Make a note to yourself ‘Remember your medication, glasses, hearing aid, paperwork’ (as relevant) and fasten this to the top of the bag. Keep it all handy and in the same place so it is easy to pick up if you have to leave.