The top three risks to Palmerston North are earthquakes, floods and storms. But, a survey earlier this year found that most Palmerston North residents are not prepared for a civil defence emergency.
Council’s Emergency Manager, Stewart Davies, says a lot of people assume they’ll never be affected by a disaster.
“It’s not a matter of if, but when. We need people to have emergency kits. We’ll be there to help, but it’s great if residents have enough supplies for at least three to seven days.”
He also says that the thought of building an emergency kit can seem overwhelming, and expensive to many.
That’s why the Council is this week launching a 10-week video campaign on its website and Facebook page teaching people how to build an emergency kit for fewer than $20 a week.
“We wanted to make it easy to build an affordable kit. The things in this video are common sense, and easy to just add to the weekly grocery shop. The cost is based on a two adult, two children household to survive, so the cost may be slightly different for smaller or larger households.”
The 40-second videos are fronted by Whakarongo School students, who’ve recently been learning how to get prepared from the council’s civil defence emergency management team.
Principal Jaco Broodryk says the school is excited to be involved.
“We take civil defence seriously at school and it is great to help other people get prepared. I hope the whole community will get on board.”
Mr Davies says at the end of 10 weeks, people will be asked to share a picture of their completed kits and will go in the draw to win a major prize.
To find out more about how to get prepared, head to getready.govt.nz
The video campaign coincides with Shake Out – the national earthquake drill. On 17 October at 1.30pm, everyone is encouraged to drop cover and hold. Council is calling on the city’s schools and businesses to take part. A free morning tea will be given to the most creative entry posted to the Council’s Facebook page on October 17.