You should start making as­sump­tions

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

If you don't have an emer­gency sur­vival kit for you home, there is no time like the present to put one to­gether. If you don't know where to start here is a list of as­sump­tions to work from:

• As­sume that shops may be closed and eft­pos may not be work­ing

• As­sume roads may be closed or im­pass­able

• As­sume that phones, power and in­ter­net may be down

• As­sume your sur­vival items may have to last your fam­ily and pets for up to three days

• As­sume you may not be able to get back to your home af­ter a ma­jor event

• As­sume that you may not get help im­me­di­ately af­ter an event

• As­sume your bat­tery op­er­ated ra­dio will be your best source for up­dated in­for­ma­tion

• As­sume that if your home is con­nected to gas that pipe­lines could be bro­ken

• As­sume a ma­jor event will hap­pen at night in the rain

• As­sume you may not have run­ning wa­ter

• As­sume chil­dren may be up­set and afraid

• As­sume your el­derly neigh­bour may need help

If you can cover these as­sump­tions, you should be able to plan and cope with a ma­jor event and help keep your fam­ily calm and safe.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion go to www.get­thru.govt.nz or con­tact an Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer at Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil on 356 8199.

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