FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE -

Last week was cer­tainly a blin­der, from an earth­quake that woke us up with a huge fright early on Mon­day morn­ing, to gale force winds and two floods bat­ter­ing the coast.

Be­fore last week some peo­ple may have be­lieved the chance of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter was low, or were "op­ti­mistic" they wouldn’t be caught in one.

But we have had a wake up call and as work goes on to see how badly dam­aged build­ings are - what needs to come down and what just needs some re­in­forc­ing work - this is an ideal time to have a look at your ‘‘go bag’’.

Pro­cras­ti­na­tion, or lack of money can hold back some house­holds but last week’s events show we can’t use that as an ex­cuse.

There are some ba­sic things you need in a dis­as­ter kit in­clud­ing three days of food and three litres of wa­ter per per­son per day but you can find a full list at get­thru.govt.nz.

This is the time to be pre­pared. Start putting to­gether your kit now.

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