Dealing with an emergency

I’m back in the hotseat after my annual Leave. I was one of the lucky ones in that when I went to the Coromandel the weather was fantastic.

But while I was away it did make me think about what would happen if we did get trapped over there. That thought has turned quite topical this week with all the rain we have had in the North Island. It does make one think about our own preparedness.

Often in a Civil Emergency we will be “on our own” for a short period as authorities attempt to re-establish contacts, lines of communications and roading. This is the concept of getting through.

To that end I’ll provide some advice to get your household ready.

The key is understanding the risks and hazards in your area. If you are stuck at home due to road washouts, for example, Do you have enough supplies of food, drinking water and medication to get you through?

Make sure there is an adequate supply of the above as well as torches and batteries.

Most households have a supply of the necessary equipment already, however it is advisable to have a kit of these items in one accessible location.

An alternative cooking source is an essential item. Often homes can simply use the barbecue.

If the power goes out and is likely to stay out for a period of time, consume the food in your fridge/freezer first. Make plans to deal with no electricity. Does any person in your house need electricity for life saving medical treatment?

By taking care of your household in the first instance, you are helping take pressure off emergency services allowing us to restore services more quickly.

Next week I’ll speak about what do you do if you can’t get home

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