Severe weather is about to hit most of New Zealand so it’s time to get prepared. Here are 10 tips on how to protect you and yours:
- Have a household emergency plan. Arrange a plan with those you live with, on how to look after yourself and your loved ones for at least three days or more in case of an emergency.
- Restock your emergency kit. Things you might want to include: torch, spare batteries, first aid kit and other medicines, blankets, waterproof clothing, pet supplies, nonperishable food, rubbish bags, toilet paper and a radio.
- Stay informed on weather updates. Tune in to your local radio station as Civil Defence will be able to advise on the appropriate action for your community and situation.
- Secure the big stuff. Ensure large heavy items, which can become a damaging missile, are secured safely.
- Prepare for potential power cuts. Unplug small appliances, which may be affected by electrical power surges. If a power cut occurs, make sure to unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored.
- Look after our four-legged citizens. If you have animals, bring pets inside and move stock to shelter. In case of evacuation, take your pets with you.
- Get comfy at home. Avoid leaving home, walking around outside and driving unless it’s absolutely necessary.
- Store spare water supplies. As water supplies can be affected in severe weather, store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water for later use.
- Be ready for some DIY. Keep materials for repair handy like tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.
- Check windows and doors are closed. If there are unprotected glass areas, pull curtains and drapes to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.
More tips can be found here.