Disasters happen! The good news is it’s easy to make sure you and the people and things you care about, are ready, whether you are an education provider, a student, or a parent.
It is important that everyone knows the emergency plan for their education facility, especially if off-site evacuation is needed.
It is recommended that early childhood services and primary schools have at least three nominated people who may collect a child in an emergency, in case the usual person is unable to get to the school. High schools should have alternate contact details for all students.
As a parent, talk to your children how you would contact each other in an emergency, and the other possible people that could pick them up should you not be able to reach them.
Education providers are required to have a plan and be prepared to respond to emergencies. The Ministry of Education provides advice and resources to assist education providers to do this – see who to contact below. Education providers should carry out regular drills to test their plans and ensure staff and children know what to do in an emergency. This particularly applies to hazards where there is little warning and no time for official information and instructions to be given. Procedures for fire, lockdown, earthquake, and tsunami (if you are in a tsunami zone) should all be scheduled drills.
Use this template to create a one-page plan to share with whānau.
For questions about your emergency plan, contact your local Ministry of Education Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
For advice about hazards and the potential impacts of an emergency, contact us at email@example.com
Teaching children about natural hazards and what to do will help them understand and cope better in an emergency. Here are resources for teachers, parents and students.
Kia Takatu is a te reo Māori resource for years 1 to 8, containing teaching material, templates and stories to teach children about emergencies.
Te Hīkoi a Rūaumoko - Rūaumoko's Walk is a bi-lingual children’s book based on Kahungunu legends and dialect telling the story of what to do in an earthquake with a subsequent tsunami threat. It was developed by representatives from the Hawke's Bay offices of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Te Ūranga Waka at the Eastern Institute of Technology, and Kahungunu Kōhanga Reo Tari.
The book is supported by a one-page education providers' emergency planning template and a whānau activity sheet in Te reo Māori and English.
Surviva is an exciting interactive online game where children can plan what their family would need in an emergency.
East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) is a project to help communities and scientists learn more about our earthquake, tsunami and volcanic hazards that are connected with the tectonic plate boundary running along the east coast of New Zealand.
East Coast LAB makes it easy and exciting to discover more about natural hazards and how they can affect us.
GNS Science studies earth science and natural hazards. The website has lots of information, videos and lesson plans under the ‘learning’ tab.
GeoNet is New Zealand's hazard monitoring body and provides information about geographical hazards as they happen (earthquakes, landslides, tsunami and volcanoes). It also allows feedback from the public on felt earthquakes through mobile apps and the GeoNet website, so if you feel an earthquake jump online and report what you felt.
With an earthquake hits, there is no warning and children need to know what to do. Below are some suggestions to ensure children grow up knowing how to be safe in an earthquake. New Zealand’s entire coastline is at risk from tsunami. If a local earthquake causes a tsunami, there will not be time for official warnings and children need to know what to do. Below are some suggestions to ensure children grow up knowing how to be safe from a tsunami.
An earthquake is when the ground shakes because rocks deep under the ground are moving. When a big earthquake happens there may be a loud rumbling noise and things can start falling down around you. It might also be hard to stand up. You have to act quickly and protect yourself from things that might fall on you. Remember how a turtle quickly gets into its shell to keep safe? Here’s what you can do.
A tsunami is a series of waves caused by large underwater earthquakes, volcanoes or landslides. A tsunami wave can grow to become a fast moving wall of water. If the tsunami is generated nearby, there is no time for an official warning, so you need to know what to do
If you are at the coast and experience any of the following:
Move immediately to the nearest high ground, or as far inland as you can. Walking or by bike or scooter in many cases is the best way to evacuate.
Wait until the official all clear has been given, as tsunami can go on for many hours.
Find out if you school or home is in a tsunami zone and have a look at where you think your safe location is. Talk about this with your whānau and your teachers and practice walking your tsunami route.
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