Create a household plan
After an earthquake, you might not be able to use your phone, send an email or check Facebook. Plan now for when you can’t communicate.
Keep your children safe
Schools have plans to keep your children safe.
Arrange at least three friends or family within walking distance of the school to collect your children for you. Give their names to your school.
Talk with your children about what they could expect and who could collect them if you can’t get there.
Agree on a safe meeting place
Decide on a place where you will go to find each other, and arrange to stay with friends or family if you need to.
Sort out home and contents insurance
Most people are underinsured. Make sure that your home and your possessions are insured for the right amount. Contact your insurer to discuss.
Put together a grab bag for home and work
You might have to leave home in a hurry and never go back, or walk a long distance to get home from work. Think about what items you need if that happens, and put together a bag so you can grab and go. You can do this yourself and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
You need to be able to grab a bag with the basic essentials to get you through the next few hours or days.
A pair of walking shoes, jacket, water and snacks is a good start
Damaged utilities can be dangerous and prevent you from staying in your home.
Find your gas main valve (if you have gas), main power switch, water toby, and learn how to turn them off. Mark them clearly so you can find them quickly.
A fire extinguisher for your household will help prevent small fires from becoming a big fire.