Emergency personal preparedness

As the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, continue to face the devastating impact of the latest 6.3 earthquake, please take a moment to reflect on the Emergency Personal Preparedness of your family. 

As of today, February 24, 2011 (New Zealand time), it has been 72 hours since the earthquake hit and the following was reported by the New Zealand Herald:

  • 40% of the city is without power.
  • 80% of the city is currently without water supply
  • Boil water advisories continue
  • If it rains, the population is being asked to collect rain water.
  • Residents are asked not to flush their toilets to avoid contaminating the remaining water supply.
  • Sewage is becoming a growing concern.

Remember, you and your family need to be prepared to be self sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours after an earthquake. Below are some Emergency Personal Preparedness documents intended to assist you and your family to prepare for an earthquake or similar disaster.

(Note: there are many similar documents available online.)

It is recommended that you collect the listed Emergency Supplies from around your home. For example, take an old gym bag or back pack and collect up the items on the list, such as: an old pair of sturdy shoes, rolls of toilet paper, a spare can opener, etc. 

Remember that you need shoes, clothing and supplies for each member of your family.  As another option, emergency kits are available for purchase from a number of retailers. 

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