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NEW POLL: Do you have an emergency supply kit?

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 – 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,


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