Be Prepared

Prepare for emergencies before they happen. On this page you will find information, documents and links to other sites which will assist you in preparing and planning for emergencies.

Why Plan?

We can either sit back and wait for something bad to happen to us or we can think about the possibility and reduce the effects of the emergency when it does occur. You plan all the time now. For example, when you drive a car or ride a bicycle you plan the route. You plan for mishaps by wearing a safety belt or a cycle helmet.

It makes good sense to plan for emergencies too. We should plan for them to occur when we are at home, work or school.

At Home:

Here are some things you and your family should do to prepare for an emergency at home.

  • Know and understand the hazards which you may be subject to
  • Reduce your risks should an emergency occur
    • Insure your home, contents and car
    • Earthquake proof your home
    • Use your land so you do not create a problem (e.g. avoid blocking flood channels)
  • Develop an emergency plan and discuss it with your family. Visit this site to see what you need to think about: www.getthru.govt.nz.
  • Know how to react during an emergency
  • Have a survival kit. Complete the Get Thru checklist.

If you need help, talk to the Timaru District Council Civil Defence Manager - Lamorna Cooper

At Work:

Emergency planning for businesses is as important as planning for emergencies at home. It will not only ensure your own and your staff's safety but means you are able to carry on business after an event. Know and understand the hazards which you may be subject to.

At School:

All educational establishments have clear requirements to plan for emergencies under the Education Act. Because pre schools and schools are responsible for the care of other people's children it is important their planning is thorough.