Staying safe and well-informed in a disaster is the focus of this year's 'Get Ready Week', a national awareness campaign run by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM), from Monday 9 October.
Coinciding with the United Nation's International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October), the week aims to ensure every member of the family knows what to do during a natural disaster.
"With the Canterbury region experiencing earthquakes, flooding and tsunami warnings in recent years, there is no better time to update your knowledge on what to do in an emergency," Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says. "Knowing where to access information in an emergency is particularly important."
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that, if the power goes out, a solar or battery powered radio (or your car radio) can help you keep up-to-date with the latest news. In an emergency, it is best to tune into Radio New Zealand, The Hits, NewstalkZB, MoreFM, or Radio Live.
For Ashburton updates, check Ashburton District Council's website and Facebook page, as well as the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website and social media. For national updates, follow the Ministry of Civil Defence on Facebook and Twitter.
Neighbourhood Support Groups also help to create safe, supportive and connected communities in ordinary and extraordinary times. To find your nearest Neighbourhood Support Group visit neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz or call 0800 463 444.
Soon, you will receive information about emergencies direct to your mobile device, with the Emergency Mobile Alert. If your life, health or property are in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be sent to your mobile, without needing to sign up or download an app. The Emergency Mobile Alert is expected to be available by the end of 2017.
For more information on 'Get Ready Week', and how to stay prepared, visit www.happens.nz