INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND WHĀNAU

Being prepared for the potential impact of an emergency is important for every whānau, in every region across the country. While different kinds of emergency events happen in different locations, being prepared is something we all need to do. What’s the Plan, Stan? can help develop plans so that you’ll be ready no matter what happens.

Get ready – Plan!

AT HOME

Develop emergency event plans with your whānau. Talk about these things:

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  • where to shelter in an earthquake, flood, volcanic eruption, or storm
  • how to evacuate and where to meet
  • The location of survival items, first aid kits, and who is responsible for checking essential items
  • how to contact family members and emergency services
  • the local Civil Defence warning system
  • where your nearest Civil Defence Centre or sector post is located
  • how to turn off gas, electricity, and water at the mains
  • what you need to do to look after your pets or livestock.

IN YOUR STREET
  • Know your neighbours and what you can do to assist each other.
  • Discuss your emergency plans and share ideas.

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
  • If you have a disability, make arrangements with a family member, friend or neighbour to help you in an emergency.
  • People with disabilities may have difficulties during an emergency event at home or if they are in an unfamiliar Civil Defence Centre. Organise a personal support network to help.
  • People with asthma and respiratory disorders may be especially affected by stress, dust or volcanic ash. Have plenty of medicines and face masks in your emergency survival kit.
  • If you have special food needs, be sure you always have enough at home to include with your emergency survival items.

Get Thru provides essential information to help you plan.

Get ready – Prepare

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY EVENT?

Your whānau can all help prepare for an emergency:

  • gather together all of the emergency supplies you need
  • regularly check your supplies
  • remind each other of your emergency plans
  • become familiar with the information in resources supplied by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

 

YOUR PETS
  • Put a name tag on your pet's collar with your name, phone number and address.
  • Always have a well-identified carry box with a blanket or towel.
  • Keep an emergency supply of water and pet food.

 

MINISTRY OF CIVIL DEFENCE AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RESOURCES

It's happening – Drill

Practising what to do in an emergency event is important as it helps you and your whānau become familiar with what you need to do. 

Practice the immediate response in an emergency, for example:

  • drop, cover, hold during an earthquake
  • walk everyone through your emergency escape route in your house, and then practise getting out as fast as you can.
  • make sure everyone knows where your emergency supplies are and can find them quickly.

 

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YOUR PETS

Also think about what to do with your pets and/or livestock during an emergency event:

  • If you can’t take your pets with you, or if you have been told to leave your pets behind, you should NOT leave them tied up or shut in a house or a pen. Let them move freely around your outside property. During a flood, your pets can be placed in the roof space of your home with as much food and water left for them as is practical.
  • If you live on a farm, open the internal farm gates, but do not let your                                                                animals have access to public roads.

It's over – What now?

WHAT WILL WE DO AFTER AN EMERGENCY EVENT?

As well as practising what to do in an emergency, discuss with your whānau and neighbours what to do after an emergency event

To help with planning, consider the impacts you could face at home and in your community. See Never Happens? Happens under What are the Impacts

IS MY FAMILY READY?

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    Have you made a plan?

    Make a plan with your family that includes what to do if you can’t get home, who can help you, and who might need your help. Involve children in decision making and remember to think about pets.

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    Got everything you need?

    Do you have the things you need to get through an emergency if you can’t leave home to get supplies, or if you have to leave your house in a hurry? Everyone can help to identify supplies and where they are. Think also about fixing and fastening objects that could fall to ensure that you keep safe during an emergency. Ensure that you have a secure place to be after the event.

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    Know your hazards

    Do you know the hazards and what to do in an emergency? Emergency events almost always happen unexpectedly. Be prepared for the impact of emergency events – and let our I.M.P.A.C.T team and your children lead the way.