Where to meet is a start
With the Wellington quakes top of mind for the nation, Aucklanders should remember that being prepared to ‘‘get ready get thru’’ is something to aim for every day.
While Auckland is a low earthquake risk area they can occur at any time, acting Civil Defence and emergency management director Bryan Cartelle says.
‘‘We can’t stop disasters from happening, but we can ensure that when one occurs we have thought ahead.
‘‘Auckland is susceptible to a number of hazards but we can prepare our families to ‘get thru’,’’ he says.
Being prepared for an emergency can be as easy as sitting down with your family and finding out what you would all do in a crisis.
It can be as simple as working out how to meet up with your family after a disaster or retrieving family pets if you were not near your home and an event hit.
‘‘It is worth taking the time to invest in emergency preparedness,’’ Mr Cartelle says.
The best way to start your emergency preparations is to watch the videos on the Civil Defence website that show the hazards in and around Auckland. Visit aucklandcivildefence. org.nz for more information and for straight-to-your-phone updates, subscribe to text alerts or the ‘Auckland Civil Defence’ smartphone app available at aucklandcouncil.govt. nz.