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Toolbox Talk - Emergency Plans

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin

Does you have a household Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Rangitata RiverMany disasters will affect essential services and possibly disrupt your ability to travel or communicate with each other. You may be confined to your home, or forced to evacuate your neighborhood. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, emergency services will not be able to get help to everyone as quickly as needed.

This is when you are likely to be most vulnerable. So it is important to plan to look after yourself and your loved ones for at least three days or more in the event of a disaster.

Get your family or household together and agree on a plan. A functional emergency plan helps alleviate fears about potential disasters, and can help you respond safely and quickly when a disaster happens. 

 

https://getready.govt.nz/prepared/household/plan

 

A household emergency plan will help you work out:

  • What you will each do in the event of disasters such as an earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, flood or storm.                                                                                                                                                        Image of the Rangitata River Flooding near Geraldine Dec 2019
  • How and where you will meet up during and after a disaster.
  • Where to store emergency survival items and who will be responsible for maintaining supplies.
  • What you will each need to have in your getaway kits and where to keep them.
  • What you need to do for members of the household, family or community with a disability or special requirement.
  • What you will need to do for your pets, domestic animals or livestock.
  • How and when to turn off the water, electricity and gas at the main switches in your home or business.
  • Turn off gas only if you suspect a leak, or if you are instructed to do so by authorities. If you turn the gas off you will need a professional to turn it back on and it may take them weeks to respond after an event.
  • What local radio stations to tune in to for civil defence information during an event.
    How to contact your local council’s civil defence emergency management office for assistance during an emergency. 
  • If life or property is threatened, always dial 111.

 

Ask the emergency management staff at your local council about your community’s civil defence warning system, and the location of civil defence or public shelters. Check your council website for information on local civil defence arrangements. 

It is also useful to learn first aid and how to deal with small fires.

Remember team! Safety is a habit! 

Any suggestions or improvements in regard to Health & Safety can be emailed to our Health & Safety Officer or have a conversation with him on site when you see him.