Think about what might happen if there is a major earthquake and talk to your whānau about what you all need to do and how you can get ready – just in case. Talk about the possible impacts, make a plan and gather resources.
What if I’m stuck at home?
Do you have enough supplies to get through a few days without power and water? Things you might need include:
- water (can be stored for up to a year in a clean container. Add 0.5 tsp of unscented household bleach and mix well, don’t drink in the first half hour after mixing)
- tinned food (and food for pets)
- medicines for everyone who needs them
- a first aid kit
- torch, candles, radio
- toilet paper and a large plastic bucket
- work gloves and masks
- a ‘grab bag’ for each whānau member with essential supplies, eg, walking shoes, warm clothing, hand sanitiser, phone charger, cash, photo ID, water and snack food.
If the power is out:
- Eat food in the fridge first then the freezer.
- No power means you have to make alternative arrangements for lighting, heating and cooking.
- You also won’t be able to charge mobile phones or laptops, so use them carefully and conserve battery life.
- Keep a solar or battery powered radio to learn about safety messages.
- If you have a car, you could listen on the car radio for updates, and also charge your phone.
Get to know your neighbours so you can support each other and share resources if necessary.
What if I can’t get home?
If your normal route home is not available, how will you get there? Check other routes on a map. If you have work mates living near you, travel back together.
In case it’s not safe to go home, decide with your whānau on a good place to meet up – a friend or whānau member’s house, or a school.
If you have tamariki at school, give the school a list of other people who you can trust to collect them in case you can’t get there.
Keep your ‘grab bag’ in the car so you have essentials with you when you’re away from home.
What if I have to evacuate (leave my home)?
- Think about where you could go if you are asked to leave your home, and make sure everyone in your household knows where that is. If you are in a tsunami zone, make sure your evacuation place is outside the zone.
- Have a ‘grab bag’ ready for each whare member – remember medicines, a torch, radio and first aid kit.
- Don’t forget your pets.