Get home in an emer­gency

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Fol­low­ing an emer­gency, one of your first con­cerns will your fam­ily and home. Are they all safe? How would you get in touch if technology fails?

If you can’t get home, where would you all meet up or could you stay with friends?

The start of a new school year is a great time to review what plans you have, and make sure ev­ery­one in your fam­ily is con­fi­dent they would know what to do in an emer­gency.

Talk to ev­ery­one about how they will get home if usual trans­port meth­ods are un­avail­able. It’s also im­por­tant to talk about where you would meet if you weren’t able to get home, or stay home safely.

Talk now with friends or fam­ily you could stay with, and make sure ev­ery­one is fa­mil­iar with how to get there and how to con­tact them.

Have a con­tact out­side the area, such as fam­ily in another city who ev­ery­one can call to say they are safe.

The start of the school year is the per­fect time to fa­mil­iarise your­self with your schools emer­gency plan.

It should tell you where the school will evac­u­ate to if needed, and how they will con­tact fam­i­lies, among other things.

If the school has used Wremo’s easy plan­ning tool, their plan can be found on our web­site.

Share the schools plan – what­ever form it’s in - with the whole fam­ily, you never know who might be pick­ing the kids up.

Make sure you com­plete the emer­gency con­tact list at your kids school as soon as you can, and talk to your chil­dren about

‘‘Make sure you com­plete the emer­gency con­tact list at your kids school as soon as you can.’’

what could hap­pen in an emer­gency.

It could just be that you’re held up in traf­fic and they get home to an empty house.

Would they know what to do? Iden­tify some places near to home that they could go; a friend’s house, the library, a lo­cal shop.

It might be that they go back to school and find a teacher.

If you know some­one who is leav­ing home for the first time, talk to them about how they can be pre­pared.

Re­mem­ber be­ing pre­pared doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. Mov­ing to a new place means less lo­cal knowl­edge and net­works.

En­cour­age them to spend time in their new area, meet­ing peo­ple, and know­ing their way around.

And if technology is work­ing, the free Red Cross’ Haz­ard App has a cool fea­ture where you can tag your­self as safe.

De­tails can be found at get­pre­pared.org.nz.

RE­MEM­BER

Go through house­hold plans of­ten, and make sure ev­ery­one is fa­mil­iar with them

Talk­ing now can save stress in an emer­gency Don’t rely on technology work­ing in an emer­gency

If you have any is­sues on emer­gency pre­pared­ness you’d like dis­cussed in this col­umn, email wremo@gw.govt.nz

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