Te Awamutu Civil Defence Home PageBeing Prepared for an Emergency - Being Prepared for an Emergency
- Surviving an Earthquake
- Surviving a Flood
- Surviving a Storm
- Surviving a Volcano
- Surviving a Tsunami

At Home:

Develop an emergency plan which includes these points

-where to shelter in an earthquake, flood or storm
-who is responsible for checking essential items in your Emergency Survival Kit
-how to turn off gas, water and electricity at the mains
-how to maintain contact with each other during an emergency
-how to contact your local civil defence organisation for assistance during an emergency
-know the location of your nearest Civil Defence Centre
-learn First Aid
-learn how to control small fires and know how to escape form a small fire
-know the local Civil Defence warning system

In Your Street:

Join or form a neighbourhood support group. You and your neighbours will have skills and resources that can be vital in an emergency. Start discussing today what you can do to assist each other. Contact the Police for advice.

Become a civil defence volunteer. Ask your local civil defence organisation how you can help.

Your Emergency Survival Kit:

Emergency Clothing
-wind proof and rain proof
-sun hats for hot weather
-strong shoes for outdoors
-blankets or sleeping bags

Food and Water
-canned or dried food
-a can opener
-a primus or BBQ to cook on
-bottled water

Emergency Items
-First Aid Kit and essential medicines for illness and allergies
-spare toilet paper and plastic bag for your emergency toilet
-special supplies for babies
-waterproof torch and spare batteries
-radio and spare batteries
-pet supplies

Special Supplies for those with disabilities
-hearing aids
-mobility aids

If you prefer to keep your Emergency Survival Kit items in the house for everyday use, make sure you know where to find them when an emergency occurs.
Put all items, especially blankets and clothing, into leakprook plastic bags.
Make sure everyone in the house can find the Kit in the dark.
Check and renew the food and water every 12 months.
Check the batteries in torches and radio every three months.

Your Getaway Kit:

Each person in the house should have a small bag for their Getaway Kit, ready for evacuation.
Most of the items that you will need for a Getaway Kit are already part of your Emergency Survival Kit.
Other things you will require are:

Family Documents
-birth and marriage certificates
-insurance policies
-drivers' licences
-family photos

Personal Hygiene Items
-towels and soaps
-a change of clothes

Babies' and small children's supplies
-food and drink
-change of clothing
-favourite toy or activity

People with Disabilities

People with hearing impairment may not be well served by radio. Make arrangements to be sure you are informed by somebody.

People with sight impairment may have extra difficulties if their home is disrupted-perhaps in an earthquake-and may have extra difficulties in an unfamiliar Civil Defence Centre. You should arrange some sort of "buddy" system.

People with asthma and other respiratory disorders may be especially affected by stress, dust or volcanic ash. have plenty of medicines and face masks in your Emergency Survival Kit.

People with special food needs, be sure to include as much as you can in your Emergency Survival Kit.

People with mobility aids, insist on bringing your aid if you are evacuated. Moving to safety is fine, but you won't want to be helpless when you get there.

Don't Forget Your Pet

How can you help?

- Have a permanent disc on your pets collar with your name, phone number and, if possible, address.
- Always have a carry box with a blanket or towel ready. Identify the box with your name, address and phone number.
- Keep an emergency supply of tinned pet food.

Where There is Time:

- If you are unable to take your animals with you or if you have been ordered to leave your pets behind, you should release penned animals, including chickens.
- In case of flooding, your pets can be placed in the roof space of your home with as much food and water left for them as practicable.
- If you have stock, open internal farm gates, but do not allow access to roads.
- Appointed wardens and SPCA personnel will be on hand to visit your home for you. Tell them where your animals are and how they can be identified.