Getting Prepared

Get ready, Get thru

New Zealand and Nelson face many potential disasters. In cases such as weather-related or volcanic disaster, there may be time for a warning. But an earthquake or a tsunami close to land could strike without warning. All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives. So, it's vital to be prepared. How ready are you? Be prepared to cope on your own for up to three days, or more. This is when you will be most vulnerable. You should:

  1. Have a Household Emergency Plan
  2. Keep a Getaway Kit if you need to be evacuated
  3. Store an Emergency Survival Kit
  4. Plan for emergencies for your Business
  5. Understand what to do in specific Civil Defence Emergencies

For the more information on Get ready, Get thru, visit the Ministry of Civil Defence's public education site. More useful links can be found on our links page.

International resources

NZ Red Cross recommends the Informed Prepared Together Project funded by the European Commission and led by the Red Cross/European Union Office as a useful and reliable gateway to resources, information and practical tools for developing the ability of individuals, communities and organisations to be better prepared to cope with emergencies and disasters. Check out the EU Informed Prepared Together Civil Defence Preparedness website.

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Civil Defence Emergency Management

Have a look at the operative Nelson Tasman Emergency Management Plan. It is a useful resource for your own emergency planning, for education projects or for simply being aware of your communities planning and response for emergencies. Copies are available from the Nelson Tasman Emergency Management office, libraries, Council offices and service centres.