Pre­pared in case of emer­gency


If a tsunami, earth­quake or other civil emer­gency struck, most peo­ple would be wing­ing it, but mem­bers of the Mor­mon church are ready for any­thing.

Ap­proached in Browns Bay, Jill Corn­th­waite, said she hadn’t re­ally thought about where to go if she had to leave, but her kit in­cluded wa­ter, bat­ter­ies and food. Katie Voelken­ing also had an emer­gency kit but didn’t have food set aside, while David Rauben­heimer said, ‘‘I’ve got a cup­board with stuff in it, how long it would last I don’t know.’’

But one cou­ple, Glen and Deb­bie Reid say they could last al­most 200 meals away from home in case of emer­gency.

The cou­ple said they would con­fi­dently be able to leave their Tor­bay home at a mo­ment’s no­tice, if re­quired.

As mem­bers of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints, they are en­cour­aged to be pre­pared for ad­ver­sity through food stor­age and an emer­gency plan.

So, they have sev­eral prepacked buck­ets from emer­gency food com­pany, The Wise Com­pany, as well as emer­gency es­sen­tials such as a ra­dio, torch, rain pon­cho, gas cooker and fish­ing line.

‘‘If there was an emer­gency of say, move out of the area and grab what you can, we can pick up about three or four buck­ets with con­tents in them,’’ Glen said.

But Glen said the pack wasn’t just in case of emer­gency.

‘‘If a friend of a friend had a hard time and might need some help, we’re en­cour­aged to help oth­ers as well, not just to store it.’’

Auck­land Coun­cil’s head of re­silience and wel­fare Ani Brunet said, in an emer­gency, Auck­land Emer­gency Man­age­ment would broad­cast mes­sages via ra­dio.

If re­quired, the coun­cil would open civil de­fence cen­tres but gen­er­ally ad­vises peo­ple to stay at home if it is safe to do so.

‘‘The most im­por­tant thing is to have thought about how you and your fam­ily would con­nect dur­ing an emer­gency be­cause they can hap­pen any time,’’ Brunet said.

Brunet en­cour­aged peo­ple to visit auck­land­civilde­ or hap­ for more.

Di­rec­tor of Auck­land emer­gency man­age­ment John Drag­ice­vich said, in an emer­gency, tsunami sirens would sound, but peo­ple could also sub­scribe to text mes­sage or email alerts, the Red Cross Haz­ard smart­phone app or keep in the loop via Twit­ter and Face­book.


Glen and Deb­bie Reid are well pre­pared in case of emer­gency with more than 100 meals on hand.

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