The recent series of earthquakes remind us to ask ourselves again: Am I prepared? Many people think that there’s a Civil Defence Army that will come to our aid after a disaster but this is not true. The emergency services will be heavily strained and they won’t be able to respond to everyone. We could be on our own for at least three days, possibly more. So the best source of aid will be our local community and the actions we’ve taken to prepare before an event. The It’s Easy – Get Prepared booklet will help you understand some of these risks, and guide you through some easy steps to better prepare yourself for an emergency. Call the Council on 237 5089 and we will send you a copy, or you can download one from our website www.pcc.govt.nz – search “It’s Easy”. Remember, the better prepared you are, the safer and more comfortable you, your family and your friends will be after a major event.