Where to meet is a start

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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.

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