Is your family as protected as possible for an earthquake, flood or other disaster?

The more you do to prepare, the more likely you are to be able to protect your family during an emergency

Protecting our family and loved ones will be the highest priority for most of us following a major disaster.

On April 26, 2015 The DominionPost published a sobering article about the realities after a major earthquake in Wellington (100 day wait for water reconnection after quake)

And while a major disaster will cause major disruption and hardship to thousands of people, you also need to think about the impact a house fire, or a loved family member suffering a medical event or being involved in an accident.

The reality is that a major earthquake will hit some part of New Zealand, sometime. This is not an if, it's a when. And whether you are in Auckland, Invercargill, Christchurch or Wellington, you should be prepared. Because the reality is if you are prepared for an earthquake then you are pretty well prepared for most any other natural disaster such as flooding or storms. Here is a list of things you can do today to make sure your family is prepared for any emergency:

  • Put some reflective numbers on your mailbox - it is difficult for the emergency services to quickly find houses at night
  • Meet your neighbours - we will all need to rely on each other after an emergency
  • Put together emergency supplies at home, and a get away kit, in case you need to leave home in a hurry
  • Backup your photos and copies of important documents to a cloud drive - that way they will be available from any computer, anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet
  • Create a family emergency plan - make sure everyone has an idea of what to do, and where to meet, if you can't get home
  • Learn first-aid / CPR - the life you save might be your partner, your parent or your child