Get Ready

Get Prepared for a Disaster:

Be prepared to cope on your own for up to three days, or more.


As a minimum you will need to have:

  1. A Household Emergency Plan that will help you and your household plan for what to do when disaster strikes.
  2. A Household Emergency Checklist. This list will help you prepare essential food, water, clothing and medical supplies for you and your family to cope for at least three days.
  3. A Getaway Kit of essential emergency and medical items if you need to be evacuated.

Here are other measures that you can take to reduce the impact of a disaster and recover quicker:

  1. Check with your local council and Civil Defence Emergency Management Group about the warning system in your local community and make sure you know what actions you must take when you hear this warning.
  2. Learn First Aid and Fire Safety Techniques:
  3. Make sure your home is quake-safe:
  4. Ensure your insurance cover is adequate and up-to-date.
  5. Find out how to help others. Get to know your neighbours to see who may need assistance. Consider becoming a volunteer in your community.
  6. When buying a new home, make sure you know what hazards could affect the area. Go to your council and request a LIM (Land Information Memorandum) or PIM (Property Information Memorandum).
  7. Get ready at work. Know what your workplace emergency plan is.