Simple steps to get prepared
Check out getprepared.nz for useful information on how to be ready for an emergency.
Preparing your household
- Arrange and agree on a meeting point for your family in case you can’t get home or are unable to contact each other.
- Plan for children and vulnerable family members and ensure your emergency contact details are up to date with schools or rest homes.
- We recommend you store 20 litres of water per person, per day. If you have a family of four that is 560 litres for seven days. Change your water every 12 months, ideally when you put your clocks forward or back, and treat stored water before using by bringing it to the boil.
- Store enough food to last at least seven days. Ensure you check any emergency food supplies and replace supplies regularly. Store food for babies and toddlers, food for pets, a torch and battery radio, hand sanitiser and toilet paper.
- Have a grab-bag packed and ready to go. Kits should contain comfortable shoes, water and snacks, essential medications or copies of any prescriptions, a lightweight raincoat, any essential documentation, a torch, gloves, a radio and a small first aid kit.
- Know your neighbours – know who might need extra help, or if you think you’ll need assistance, organise it in advance with your neighbours.
- Check whether your home, work or school is in a tsunami evacuation zone. Remember if an earthquake is long or strong – get gone. Don’t wait for an official warning. Move past a Blue Line. If possible, evacuate by foot, or cycle. Stay past the Blue Lines until the official “all clear” is given. Learn more about Blue Lines.
Preparing your business
Your business needs a plan to get through an emergency. Think about how you'll keep running if there's a disaster. If you provide an essential service to your community, how will you make sure people still get the help they need?
If you’d like to learn more about business continuity planning, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office holds free workshops across the region. These workshops are open to both businesses and community organisations.
We're happy to share our expertise and advice if you would like to discuss emergency-proofing your business or organisation. Simply get in touch with us to start a conversation.
Water containers and Grab and Go bags
200 litre water tanks - $105
- Naenae Library - Hillary Court, Naenae, Lower Hutt
- Eastbourne Library - 38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt
- Petone Library - 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt
Grab and Go Bags - $75
Available at Mitre 10 Mega, 25 Bouverie Street, Petone, Lower Hutt
Emergency Water Tanks
Civil Defence recommends storing at least 75 litres of fresh water per person, to last a minimum three days for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene.
View the locations of emergency water tanks in Lower Hutt.