Being ready means having your own plan in place for an emergency or failure of essential services that we take for granted. To be ready:
- Find out what could happen
Look under Hazards Information for what to do in each type of emergency.
- Create a Household Emergency Plan
Check your insurances and make sure your house is quake safe, then make your plan - look on the Get Thru website for a guide.
- Complete a Househeld Emergency Checklist
Print off a checklist from the Get Thru website.
- Have a Getaway Kit
Look on the Get Thru website for contents.
- Practice and maintain your plan with your family
Remember after disaster, initial help during the first three days may be very limited. Although in Hawke's Bay, we have a small team of dedicated and hard working civil defence staff and volunteers who manage our Civil Defence Centres for Local Councils throughout the region, on average there are only one or two people available for each community centre. As some of our own volunteers could also be affected by the disaster, it means that Civil Defence advises everyone to be prepared to survive on their own for at least three days during a disaster. Disasters can strike at any time and often without warning, so know what to do before you have to do it.