In an emergency, you may be stuck at home for three days or more. Figure out what supplies you need and make a plan to work out what you need to get through.

At home

In an emergency, you may be stuck at home for three days or more. Figure out what supplies you need and make a plan to work out what you need to get through. 

You probably have most of the things you need already. You don’t have to have them all in one place, but you might have to find them in a hurry and/or in the dark. 

  • Water for three days or more — make sure you have at least nine litres of water for every person. This will be enough for drinking and basic hygiene. Don’t forget water for babies and pets too. 
  • Long-lasting food that doesn’t need cooking (unless you have a camping stove or gas barbecue) and food for babies and pets. 
  • Work gloves and a properly-fitted P2 or N95 mask. 

If you have special dietary needs, make sure you have enough to last three days at home. If you have to evacuate, emergency shelters may not have the food that you need. 

Don't forget that you and your neighbours can help each other by sharing supplies too.  

By looking after yourself and your household, you'll also be helping emergency services focus their limited resources on the people who need the most help. 

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Water supplies, including drinking water, could be affected in an emergency. Have a supply of stored water for three days or more. Find out more about storing water.

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In a disaster, you may not be able to use your normal toilet if sewerage lines are broken or damaged. The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office has instructions on how to make and use an emergency toilet.

In a grab bag

Have grab bags ready for everyone in your family. Each bag should have: 

  • Walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat and hat 
  • Water and snack food (remember babies and pets too) 
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Portable phone charger 
  • Cash 
  • Copies of important documents and photo ID 

Remember any medications you might need and keep your first aid kit, mask or face covering, torch, radio and batteries somewhere you can grab them in a hurry.  

Put a writing pad, pencils and a torch with batteries in your grab bag so you can communicate with others. 

If you have special dietary needs, make sure you have the food you need in your grab bag too. 

In your car or at work

Plan ahead for what you will do if you are in your car when an emergency happens. A flood, snow storm or major traffic accident could leave you stranded in your vehicle for some time. 

Keep essential emergency survival items in your car. If you are driving in extreme winter conditions, add: 

  • a brush 
  • a shovel 
  • tire chains 
  • windshield scrapers, and 
  • warm clothing. 

Store a pair of walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, essential medicines, snack food, water, a phone charger lead and a torch in your car. 

Keep up to date with weather and road information when planning travel. 

Make sure you have supplies at work including sturdy walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, a torch, snack food and water. Connect with those who live in the same area. You can work together to get home during an emergency.

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Keep up to date with MetService weather forecasts.

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.