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Get Ready Week

Get Ready Week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October). This year the theme for Get Ready Week is Prepared Kids.

What is Get Ready Week?

Get Ready Week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October). The week, which starts 10 October this year, is an opportunity for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM), Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups, partner agencies and other organisations, to focus on public education and preparedness activities.

This year the theme for Get Ready Week is Prepared Kids. We know that when kids are involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about natural hazards, they encourage their families to be more prepared and play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies.

As part of Get Ready Week 2016, we are launching our redeveloped schools resource What’s the Plan, encouraging schools to update their emergency preparedness plans and use the new resource to build resilience as a life skill for their students.

We are also encouraging partner agencies and organisations to promote preparedness in the community, sharing our resources to get families talking about preparedness and involving kids in their plans.

Primary schools lesson plans

Prepared Kids Posters (multi-purpose)

Factsheets;

Fun activities for families:

Social media posts to share (.doc 24kb)

Web banners

Who will pick me up from school if you can't?  Who will pick me up from school if you can't?  Who will pick me up from school if you can't?

 

 


Need help?

If you want to find out more about Get Ready Week activity in your region, please contact your NPERG representative:

Northland

Kim Abbott

KimAb@nrc.govt.nz

Auckland

Adam Maggs

adam.maggs@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Bay of Plenty

Naomi Luckett

Naomi.Luckett@boprc.govt.nz

Waikato

Drew Mehrtens

Drew.Mehrtens@waikatoregion.govt.nz

Gisborne

Paul Stuart

Paul.Stuart@gdc.govt.nz

Taranaki

Ben Ingram

ben.ingram@trc.govt.nz

Hawke’s Bay

Jae Sutherland

Jae.Sutherland@hbrc.govt.nz

Manawatu/Whanganui

Matthew Smith

Matthew.Smith@whanganui.govt.nz

Wellington

Kerry McSaveney

Kerry.McSaveney@gw.govt.nz

Nelson/Tasman

Michelle Griffiths

michelle.griffiths@ncc.govt.nz

Marlborough

Gary Spence

Gary.Spence@marlborough.govt.nz

Canterbury

Jessica Petersen

jessica.petersen@cdemcanterbury.govt.nz

Otago

Michele Poole

Michele.Poole@qldc.govt.nz

Southland

Craig Sinclair

craig.sinclair@civildefencesouthland.govt.nz

Chatham Islands

Rana Solomon

chrisr@wcrc.govt.nz

 

 


Get Ready Week 2014 photos & wrap-up

It was fantastic to see so many councils, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups, stakeholders and the general public supporting Get Ready Week 2014, which was held 21-27 September 2014.

The theme for Get Ready Week 2014 was 'What would you do?' - which challenged people to consider how they would cope in different scenarios following a disaster.

The photos below provide a taste of some of the Get Ready Week activities held in different parts of the country.

 

Northland

The Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group set up a stall in Whangarei’s Cameron Street Mall for people to meet team members.

The stall attracted a lot of public interest, especially about household and business continuity plans. 

Four members of the Northland CDEM team stand at a street display

Six members of the Northland CDEM team stand in front of a street display.

 

Hamilton

Hamilton Mayor, Julie Hardaker stands alongside two women in a shopping mall.

Hamilton's Mayor Julie Hardaker, left, spent Get Ready Week spreading the preparedness message and distributing special ‘Get Ready’ packs to the public.

 

Wanganui

Wanganui CDEM staff dressed as pirates during Get Ready Week.

Friendly Pirates (and Wanganui CDEM staff) Anthony, Tim, Stan and Matt say “Arghhhh me hearties” as the spread the Get Ready preparedness message to fellow Council staff on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

 

Wanganui CDEM staff with schoolchildren holding certificates.

Tim (back row), Stan and Anthony (front row) with Junior Neighbourhood Support award winners next to a new Civil Defence Centre sign at Wanganui East School. (note Stan ignored the ‘no dogs’ sign!)

 

Wanganui CDEM staff hand out information at a market.

Anthony and Stan charm the locals at the River Trades Market during Get Ready Week.

 

Southland

A collage of Southland Mayors during Get Ready Week.

Get Ready Week 2014 saw Southlanders flocking to libraries to get their most important documents scanned to memory sticks, as part of a focus on helping people to prepare their important personal documents in case they had to evacuate their homes quickly in an emergency.

Clockwise from top left: Southland District Mayor Gary Tong and Emergency Management Southland (EMS) Advisor Craig Sinclair, Invercargill City Mayor, Tim Shadbolt and Cynthia Smith from Invercargill libraries, Southland District Mayor Gary Tong with the USB’s EMS used and Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks, and Libraries Manager Lorraine Weston-Webb.

 


Previous Get Ready Week campaigns

2013

The theme was "Know your neighbours, know your community" with activities focused on getting to know and supporting your neighbours.

2012

“Drop, Cover, Hold” was the theme with the week’s activities synchronised with the national ShakeOut drill

2010

A "Get Ready Get Thru" theme to build on the national campaign with CDEM Groups focusing on specific aspects such as water, schools, businesses. The week’s activities were supported nationally by The Warehouse Group with reminders and instore promotions encouraging people to stock up on essential items.

2009

A "Get Ready Get Thru" theme to build on the national campaign with CDEM Groups focusing on specific aspects such as water, schools, businesses. The week’s activities were supported nationally by The Warehouse Group and Foodstuffs, with reminders and instore promotions encouraging people to stock up on essential items.

2008

Earthquake Preparedness was the focus. During the week TV3 screened the Aftershock docudrama which was produced in collaboration with CDEM. The Warehouse Group was also involved with instore promotions at their stores nationwide.

2006

The theme for 2006 was “You could be… (shopping/reading the paper)“ with a focus on planning for various scenarios. Print advertisements and posters developed and promoted through community newspapers. The Warehouse Group was involved with instore promotions at their stores nationwide.

2005

Know What It Takes To Survive civil defence radio campaign launched. Also a focus on preparedness for volcanic activity with the tenth anniversary of the Ruapehu eruptions.