Getting Prepared » Emergency kit
In most emergencies you should be able to stay at home or at work. In this situation, you may have to rely on your Emergency Survival Kit. This kit should include:
Place your Emergency Kit somewhere that is easy to get to and make sure everyone in your house knows where it is kept. If you keep some of your Emergency Kit items in the house for everyday use, make sure you know where to find them quickly when an emergency occurs.
If you, or someone in your family has a disability, make arrangements now for help in an emergency. Remember to include your pets in your disaster planning.
Having a supply of water is essential and you need to store water for an emergency. You need three litres of drinking water for each person per day. You also need about one litre of water for each of the following:
Hot water cylinders and toilet cisterns are sources of water. Check that your hot water cylinder and header tank are secured and avoid putting chemical cleaners in the cistern. Keep a supply of household bleach, for disinfecting.
To store enough drinking water for three days, prepare six large plastic soft drink bottles of water for each person, including children. Add some extra for pets.
Bay of Plenty Emergency Management created a brochure for people with a disability to help them prepare for emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism. The information can also apply to the elderly and other special needs populations.
Download, print, and post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.