In New Zealand, the risks posed by natural and man-made hazards are a fact of life.
Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster can help to keep you and your family safe.
Vist www.getthru.govt.nz for more on what to do during an emergency and how to look after yourself, your family, your home, business and community.
Be prepared to cope on your own for up to three days, or more.
Everyone will be affected by a disaster, including the rescuers that we rely on. Immediately after an event, emergency services and civil defence staff will have to respond to the most critical demands. This means they may not get to everyone who needs help as quickly as needed.
It could be several days before services are restored. Even then, access may be limited. Damaged infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and rail lines, will take longer to restore.
This is when you will be most vulnerable. Get ready now to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.
You will need to have:
There are other measures that you can take to reduce the impact of a disaster and recover quicker.