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Being prepared at home, at school, at work

Civil Defence in your community is managed by your local council.

Earthquakes, floods, storms and volcanic eruptions all have one thing in common: the potential to ruin everything we have worked for – homes, treasured possessions and possibly the loss of a loved one. Disasters happen quickly and without compassion. We can't prevent disasters but we can all take simple steps to reduce the impact, and be better prepared to recover quickly.


Find out what you and your family can do to Get Ready and Get Thru


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Worksafe at Schools
The Ministry of Education has produced Worksafe at School guidelines on civil defence planning for schools, which provide useful information and templates.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Services Emergency Planning Guidance
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Ministry of Education have jointly developed the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Services Emergency Planning Guidance to help ECE services develop emergency plans and put them into practice.

Information to help you and your staff to get ready and get through in the workplace.

Earthquake Safety Advice - Drop, Cover and Hold
You may have seen emails about the "triangle of life"from a self professed expert from the US who tells people not to get under a table when an earthquake occurs. Please ignore those emails.
Civil defence advice is that the drill practised by school children will protect people in most earthquakes. That drill is to drop, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and hold on, or shelter against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases etc.

Before an earthquake identify safe places in your home, office or school before an earthquake so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps – no more than three metres – to avoid injury from flying debris.”
Earthquake safety fact sheet (136KB pdf) Ministry response to the "triangle of life" advice of Doug Copp