Get Ready, Get Thru

Prepare for any potential disasters which may occur in the District.

Preparing for a Disaster

Disasters can strike at any time, sometimes without warning. Because of the geographical nature of the Waimakariri District, communities may become isolated as a result of potential risks and hazards. Communities, businesses and households need to have a plan to assist them to respond and remain self-reliant for least 72 hours without any outside assistance. For more information on being prepared when a disaster strikes, please visit the Get Ready Get Thru website. Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres can also read the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management guidelines for emergency preparedness.

In an emergency listen to the radio for civil defence advice. Tune in to National Radio, Newstalk ZB, Classic Hits, More FM or Radio Live.

Your Emergency Survival Kit

In most emergencies you should be able to stay at home or at your workplace. In this situation, you may have to rely on your emergency survival kit. This kit should include:

Emergency items:

  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Radio with spare batteries (check all batteries every three months)
  • A change of clothing for all family members (wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats and strong outdoor shoes)
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for an emergency toilet
  • Face and dust masks

Food and water for at least three days:

  • Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
  • Bottled water (at least three litres per person per day for drinking)
  • Plan how to get water for washing and cooking (check your hot water cylinder, pond, toilet cistern if it is free of chemicals)
  • A primus or gas barbecue to cook on
  • Can opener
  • Check and replace food and water every twelve months

Supplies for babies and small children:

  • Food, formula and drink
  • Change of clothing and nappies
  • Toys or favourite activity

Place your emergency kit somewhere that is easy to get to in an emergency 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.

Your Getaway Kit

In some emergencies, such as a flood or volcanic eruption, you will need to evacuate and take your getaway kit with you. Everyone in the house should have a getaway kit. This kit should include:

  • Torch and radio with spare batteries
  • Any special needs such as hearing aids and spare batteries, glasses or mobility aids
  • Emergency water and easy-to-carry food rations such as energy bars and dried foods in case there are delays in reaching a welfare centre or a place where you might find support. If you have any special dietary requirements, ensure you have extra supplies
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Essential items for infants or young children such as formula and food, nappies and a favourite toy
  • Change of clothes (wind/waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes)
  • Toiletries - towel, soap, toothbrush, sanitary items, toilet paper
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Face and dust masks
  • Pet supplies
  • Include important documents in your kit: identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver's licences and passports), financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information) and precious family photos.