If you need to evacuate your home, you may not have much time to prepare so put together a getaway kit or grab-bag and keep it in a handy place in case an emergency happens.
Tailor your getaway kit to your household's needs, including:
Find out more about getting home ready.
In some situations, you may lose power. However, if you are prepared you can rely on your own resources until it is restored.
Loss of communication can be a scary time, but it doesn't have to be if you are prepared for it.
Keeping in contact with family
During an emergency, your water supply may be cut off or the water coming out of the taps may become contaminated.
Learning how to turn off your property’s water will help prevent damage caused by broken pipes or by contaminated water getting into the hot water cylinder - which may be your best supply of drinking water for a while.
To store bottled water:
This depends on how many people are in your household and what you want to be able to do. If you have infants or toddlers that require formula feeding, you'll likely need to store much more than three litres per day. Remember to also factor in any pets.
In a disaster, you may not be able to get to your doctor or pharmacy for several days - especially if you are evacuated from home. It is wise to ensure you never run low on essential medicines and don't forget to take them with you if you must evacuate.
No emergency services available
During an emergency, there may be a disruption to waste - including to sewerage systems - meaning you can’t use your toilet, and it’s likely there won’t be a kerbside rubbish collection any time soon.
If your home is damaged and you and your family are unable to remain in it, you will need to make alternative arrangements.
The following could provide shelter for you and your family:
Disasters can also be really tough on your pets. Keeping them in mind when preparing for an emergency is the best way to ease stress and pressure if an emergency occurs.
See more information on how to care for pets and animals during an emergency.
Long after a natural disaster, when the flood waters have receded and homes repaired, it's not uncommon for people to find that it was actually the stress on one's wellbeing that was the biggest impact of a disaster. This is a completely understandable and normal response. Fortunately, we've leant a lot about what we can do to look after our wellbeing during and after a natural disaster.
Disasters impact more than just tangible things like roads, homes and powerlines. In fact, it's often the impacts to intangible things like our wellbeing that have a longer-lasting impact on our day-to-day lives. Looking after our wellbeing during and after a disaster is never easy, but there are some practical things we can do to help us get through.
It's easy to forget to look after our wellbeing immediately after a disaster. But as we walk the path of recovery, there are a few things we can focus on to help us feel well:
Connect - me whakawhanaunga
Check in with friends and loved ones. Have a yarn with those that give you a smile.
Be active - me kori tonu
It might not be the right time to get back to your usual exercise or activities, but even a wee stroll may offer a reprieve.
Take notice - me aro tonu
Things might not look too flash around you, but you may just catch a glimmer of something beautiful - enjoy that.
Keep learning - me ako tonu
Navigating your recovery will likely be a steep learning curve on its own, but look for a chance to learn something that gives you some satisfaction too.
Give - tukua
There'll be plenty of opportunities to help those around you after a disaster. Reflect on that and be proud of what you offer.