New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi (walk), taking place on 17 October 2019. All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.
We are encouraging all early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations and businesses to sign up, hold a Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and plan a tsunami hikoi if they are in a tsunami zone. Sign up today at www.shakeout.govt.nz
Get Ready website now live!
Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management (MCDEM) have a new emergency preparedness website called Get Ready! Get Ready has information about getting your home, work and school ready for an emergency. www.getready.govt.nz
Resident Survey results for Emergency Preparedness
This year we asked residents how prepared they are for a natural disaster. The majority of residents (96%) consider that they are prepared to survive unaided (without outside assistance) in the event of a natural disaster for at least three days.
However, less than half of residents (42%) said they have an emergency plan in place. Having a household plan is a key step to helping your family be better prepared to cope in an emergency. Your plan should include things like where you and your family will meet, a plan for your pets and livestock, and the location of your ‘Get Away Bag’ and what it needs to include (medication etc).
We have published a Waitomo District Emergency Planning Guide to help you prepare for any disaster. It’s important we all take steps to keep ourselves and our families safe and minimise harm to our community. Use this booklet to set up your emergency kit and prepare a safety plan with your family.
Copies of this guide are available from our Queen Street Office, the Waitomo District Library, and the Te Kuiti Visitor Information Centre.