What's the Plan, Stan?

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Welcome to What's the Plan, Stan? - getting ready for an emergency. This field trip is supported by EQC and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. The field trip is from 17-19 October 2017. Enrol now.


New Zealand is on the "Pacific Ring of Fire". In our lifetime, each of us is likely to experience a major emergency caused by a natural hazard. You might be at home, at school, or on holiday when an emergency strikes so everyone everywhere needs to know what to do.

So what will you do in an emergency? You probably already know to "Drop, Cover and Hold" during an earthquake. But we all need to know more about the six natural hazards that cause emergencies - floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, and landslides. More importantly, we need to know about the six impacts - Stuck at home; Can't get home; Have to evacuate; No power; No water; No phone or internet.

During this virtual field trip find out about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards. Explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency. 

Introduction to What's the Plan, Stan? from LEARNZ on Vimeo.


On this trip during "Get Ready" week you will be in Christchurch. Christchurch experienced destructive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and is undergoing a huge rebuild. The city has a harbour and is beside the coast, so its tsunami risk is also real.

You may also be surprised to learn that landslides generally cost New Zealand more than earthquakes; areas like the Port Hills around Christchurch and the foothills of the Southern Alps experience landslides too.

Lastly, Christchurch has floods and storms like everywhere else in New Zealand. Indeed, Christchurch's flood risk is high because it is built on a swamp; moreover, the earthquakes altered the elevation of land which has made parts of the city even more flood-prone. Christchurch is part of Canterbury where rivers on its alluvial plains can rise rapidly and carry huge volumes of water that can break their banks and inundate farms and houses.

On this field trip, you will learn more about the risks and impacts of an emergency where you live and what you can do to prepare yourself. 

Field Trip Plan

  • Planning Sequence: an example of how primary schools can make use of all field trip components for a 3-day virtual field trip - Word (652k) | PDF (311k) | Google Doc.
Monday 10 October

Travel day:

  • Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they make their way to Christchurch to begin the field trip. During the journey, Andrew takes the chance to photograph and talk about some of the interesting features of the trip.
  • Read today's diary about today's journey from Kerikeri to Auckland.
  • Check out the ambassador updates.

Tuesday 17 October

Natural hazards (never happens, happens):

Wednesday 18 October

School procedures and household emergency plans:

Thursday 19 October

Staying safe and staying informed:

What's New

Monday 2 October

The LEARNZ Team think that joining the NZASE and staying connected through the NZ Science Teacher will help you become a better teacher of science.

Friday 17 November

Newsletter #5 has been sent to all enrolled classes.