We’ve had confirmation this morning that severe Tropical Cyclone Pam is making headway towards the country as a major storm – and certain parts of the country can expect some effects of the storm to varying degrees of severity.*
As a result, and the recent events in the South Pacific, we wanted to know how many of our readers are prepared for an emergency situation – in whatever capacity it arrives.
For an idea of what kind of things an emergency kit should contain, head to getthru.govt.nz – where there is a handy PDF checklist, and a comprehensive guide for assembling a kit of your own.
Some of the suggestions are as follows:
- Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
- Radio with spare batteries
- Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes.
- First aid kit and essential medicines
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Pet supplies
- Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
- Face and dust masks
And for personal needs:
- Food and water for at least three days
- Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
- Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
- Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person, per day
- Water for washing and cooking
- A primus or gas barbeque to cook on
- A can opener
- Check and replace food and water every twelve months. Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic.
Keep watching this space for further updates, and let us know in this week’s poll if you’re prepared or not – let’s raise awareness of the need for vigilance – whether or not Pam turns out to be a threat to the country.
*Please stay up to date with the latest both here and with Auckland Civil Defence – their app is designed to give users to-the-minute updates and warnings, and can be downloaded here.
– Drew Chappell, WeatherWatch.co.nz