Take five to get pre­pared

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Get­ting your house­hold pre­pared for a dis­as­ter could take just five min­utes, Min­is­ter of Civil De­fence Kris Faafoi says, and they could be the best five min­utes you’ve ever spent.

“We all have peo­ple and things that are im­por­tant to us — our fam­ily, our friends, our pets, our com­mu­nity and our homes. I’m ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one to think about how we pro­tect those things the best we can — by en­sur­ing we are pre­pared if a dis­as­ter should strike.”

Mr Faafoi says he was con­cerned that many Ki­wis are putting pre­pared­ness in the too hard bas­ket, after read­ing a new sur­vey that shows a de­cline in the num­ber of New Zealand res­i­dents who have taken steps to get pre­pared for a dis­as­ter. The 2018 Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Sur­vey was un­der­taken by Col­mar Brun­ton on be­half of the Min­istry of Civil De­fence & Emer­gency Man­age­ment (MCDEM). It shows that 50 per cent of New Zealan­ders took steps to get pre­pared in the last 12 months, down from 57 per cent in 2017.

“Fol­low­ing the Can­ter­bury se­quence of earth­quakes, we saw a spike in peo­ple get­ting pre­pared, then it dwin­dled over time. We’re see­ing the same pat­tern emerge fol­low­ing the Kaiko¯ ura earth­quake which sug­gests com­pla­cency is creep­ing in again.”

Mr Faafoi said the mes­sage to Ki­wis is sim­ple: “Don’t wait for a big emer­gency to get pre­pared — do it now. It’s eas­ier than you think.

“Get­ting pre­pared doesn’t need to be a dif­fi­cult or costly task. The most im­por­tant thing you can do is have a five minute con­ver­sa­tion with your fam­ily, wha¯ nau or flat­mates, and make a plan. Ask a few sim­ple ques­tions — what do we need, where will we go? Think about who needs our help or who could help us?”

Re­sults from the sur­vey are be­ing used to in­form the de­vel­op­ment of MCDEM’s pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme. Re­cent cam­paigns have fo­cused on fam­i­lies and un­der-30s, and a new ap­proach is be­ing de­vel­oped to tar­get di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Faafoi says ra­dio re­mains com­fort­ably the ‘go to’ source of in­for­ma­tion dur­ing and im­me­di­ately after an emer­gency, fol­lowed by the Civil De­fence web­site and tele­vi­sion.

To find out more about get­ting pre­pared, visit www.hap­pens.nz.

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