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Emergency Plans

People need to plan and prepare for natural disasters to reduce risk to themselves, their family and their home.

Do you have a plan?

Develop an emergency plan, which includes:

  • where to shelter
  • who will check the items in your emergency survival kit
  • how to turn off gas, water and power at the mains
  • how to keep contact with each other during an emergency
  • how to contact civil defence for help during an emergency.

Your emergency survival kit

Your kit should contain:

  • food and water – enough for three days
  • canned or dried food
  • a can opener
  • a primus or BBQ to cook on
  • bottled water (three litres per person per day)
  • check and renew the food and water every year.

Emergency items

  • first aid kit and medicines
  • spare toilet paper and plastic rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
  • pet food
  • waterproof torches and spare batteries
  • radio and spare batteries
  • check the batteries every three months
  • emergency clothing
  • windproof and rainproof clothing
  • sun-hats
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • strong shoes for outdoors

Would you know what to do if there was an earthquake? Make sure you have a plan and are prepared. Image: LEARNZ. 


Use a checklist to make sure you have all that you need in your emergency survival kit. Image: Civil Defence. 


Do you know where the emergency supplies are at your place? Image: Civil Defence.


Make sure you have a complete first aid kit available in your home. Image: St John.

Organise your own emergency plan and survival kit.