Emergency preparedness

Preparing your household

  • Arrange and agree on a meeting point for your family in case you can’t get home or are unable to contact each other.
  • Plan for children and vulnerable family members and ensure your emergency contact details are up to date with schools or rest homes.
  • Get Prepared recommend storing 20 litres of water per person, per day. Change this water every 12 months and treat stored water before using by bringing it to the boil. Consider installing an rainwater tank.
  • Store enough food to last at least seven days. Ensure you check any emergency food supplies and replace supplies regularly. Store food for babies and toddlers, food for pets, a torch and battery radio, hand sanitiser and toilet paper.
  • Have a grab-bag packed and ready to go. Kits should contain comfortable shoes, water and snacks, essential medications or copies of any prescriptions, a lightweight raincoat, any essential documentation, a torch, gloves, a radio and a small first aid kit.
  • Know your neighbours – know who might need extra help, or if you think you’ll need assistance, organise it in advance with your neighbours.

Preparing your business

Your business needs a plan to get through an emergency. Think about how you'll keep running if there's a disaster. If you provide an essential service to your community, how will you make sure people still get the help they need?

If you’d like to learn more about business continuity planning, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) holds free workshops across the region. These workshops are open to both businesses and community organisations.