Preparing for an emergency



AT HOME Get your family or household together and agree on a plan. A functional emergency plan helps alleviate fears about potential disasters, and can help you respond safely and quickly when a disaster happens.
You can find out preparing your own Household Emergency Plan here
In most emergencies you should be able to stay in your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least three days or more. Assemble and maintain your emergency survival items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.
You can find out about putting together your own Household Survival Kit & Get Away Kits here.

AT WORK Under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, businesses have an obligation to be prepared for an emergency. Put together a Workplace Emergency Plan for your business.
Get your staff ready. Encourage staff to keep essential items they may need at work, including sturdy walking shoes, waterproof jacket, torch, snack food and water.
Get involved in business continuity and emergency plans at industry level.
You can find out more about becoming a resilient business here
AT SCHOOL Earthquakes, floods, storms, tsunami, non-natural hazards and volcanic eruptions can be frightening because they strike at any time and often without warning. By helping children and family be more prepared at home, you can reduce the risk of danger.
'Whats the Plan Stan' is an educational tool for Primary and Intermediate aged children. Click on the 'Whats the Plan Stan' logo to be taken to the
Every school in New Zealand must have an Emergency Management Plan, these can be found on the Ministry of Education website here


Use the 'Whats the Plan Stan' package in the classroom as well as the 'Turtle Safe' videos for reinforcing the children's learning's about earthquakes and disasters.
'Turtle Safe' is an educational DVD developed specifically to teach preschool children what to do if they are inside or outdoors when an earthquake occurs. We encourage teachers to hold several practice drills with the children so they are familiar with the drill.
Click here to view the website.​


Check out the Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Groups interactive tool here.


A Civil Defence Centre (CDC) is a facility that is established and managed by Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) during an emergency to support individuals, families/whanau and the community.

CDCs are open to members of the public and may be used for any relevant purpose, including public information, evacuation, welfare and recovery, it depends on the needs of the community. They can be operated by CDEM-led teams, including CDEM-trained volunteers, OR by other agencies. 

Community members and /or community based organisations may establish and operate other centres that offer support to the community, known as ‘Community Led Centres’. These do not fall under the direction of CDEM, although they may coordinate and operate alongside CDEM-led facilities.  If you wish to find out more about Community Led Centres please contact:
Click here to find your nearest 'Civil Defence Centre'.



Page reviewed: 31 Oct 2018 8:42am