Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and often without warning. It is important to make emergency plans so you know what to do when an emergency happens.

Make a household emergency plan 

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and often without warning. It is important to make emergency plans so you know what to do when an emergency happens. 

A household emergency plan lets everyone in your household know what to do in an emergency and how to get ready. Having a plan helps make actual emergency situations less stressful. 

Make a plan with your whānau to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn’t have them.  

Make sure your plan lines up with other emergency plans for places where you spend a lot of time. 

You can use our household emergency plan template to make a plan online. Or you can print it out if you prefer to hand write your plan. 

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Make a plan online with your whānau to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn't have them.

Make a work, school, marae or community emergency plan 

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and often without warning. It is important to make emergency plans so you know what to do when an emergency happens. 

In an emergency, you can be stuck at work, without transport home. Make a personal workplace emergency plan so you know who to contact at work and have a plan to get home safely. You can fill in our personal workplace emergency plan template to get started. 

If you have a children at school or an early childhood centre, find out what their plan is. 

  • Find out where their safe location is so you know where you can pick your children up from after the “all-clear” is given. 
  • Plan to collect your children by foot or bike, if possible. Routes to and from schools may be jammed.  
  • Make sure the contact details your early childhood centre or school has are up to date. Give them a list of three people who can pick the kids up if you can’t get there. 

A community emergency plan can help your community understand how you can help each other in an emergency. Talking with other people in your community is one of the best ways to prepare for emergencies. 

You can also make a marae emergency plan to help your marae be as prepared as possible for a natural disaster or emergency. Te Puni Kōkiri has a marae emergency preparedness plan template to help hapū and iwi get their marae ready for an emergency. 

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Work through this toolkit for marae to be as prepared as possible for a natural disaster or emergency.

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Have staff fill in a personal workplace emergency plan to plan for an emergency during work hours.

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Planning for emergencies makes good business sense. It helps keep you and your workers safe and minimises downtime.

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Help your friends, family and community get prepared for emergencies.

Get your household ready

It’s up to you to make sure your household knows what to do and that you all have what you need to get through. Follow these easy steps to get your household ready.