Are You Prepared?

In the section you'll find tips for being prepared in an Emergency.


Stay informed

In an emergency use this website to stay informed, or listen to your local radio stations.

Q92-More FM - 92.0 FM
Classic Hits - 90.4 AM
National - 101.6 FM
National - 1134 AM

Radio Wanaka - 92.2FM
Q92-More FM - 99.4 FM
Classic Hits - 96.2 FM
National - 101.0 FM

Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website 

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management


In an Evacuation

At any time of the year, at any time of day or night, an emergency, or threat of an emergency could force people to leave their homes, offices, and schools or even the community in which they live.

People evacuate a dangerous place to go to a safer place, and they usually need to act in a hurry.  

The best advice is to keep listening to radio or television stations. If authorities tell you to evacuate immediately, take your Getaway Kit and go.

More information is available in the Evacuation Information sheet.


Storing Water

Having enough clean water for yourself and your family during and after a disaster is a really important part of your planning.

In an emergency, you will need water for:

  • Drinking – yourself, your family and your pets
  • Washing and cooking food
  • Washing dishes
  • Washing yourself

Tips for storing drinking water:

  • Store your water in large plastic soft drink bottles. 
  • Fill each bottle with tap water until it overflows and add five drops of household bleach per litre of water.  (Do not drink for at least 30 minutes after disinfecting).
  • Make sure there are no air gaps and place the lids on tightly. 
  • Label each bottle with the dates of when they were filled.  Check them every 12 months.  If the water is not clear, throw it out and refill.
  • Store water somewhere dark that won’t be prone to flooding.

Alternative option for storing water

Fill plastic ice cream containers with water and store them in the freezer.  This will help to keep food cool if the power goes off and can also be used for drinking.

What not to do:

  • Never collect drinking water from the roof.  It could be contaminated with ash, bird poo or other materials.
  • Never drink water from the tap unless the Council has advised that it is safe to do so.
  • Never waste water on washing clothes.
  • Never assume that your water filter will make the water safe to drink from the tap.
  • Never drink water from a private bore if it has been flooded.

ICE Advice

You may not be able to speak for yourself after an accident.  Your cell phone could be your lifeline. 

ICE means In Case of Emergency, and is a world recognised way to make sure your next of kin are contacted if you have been in an accident.

How to adopt the ICE advice

  • Decide who you would like contacted if you are in an accident, ie next of kin or close friend.
  • Add their details as an entry in your cell phone phonebook. 
  • Simply put the acronym ICE in front of the names
  • If there is more than one, use ICE1, ICE 2 and so on.

By adopting this advice, your cell phone may help emergency services workers to quickly contact a relative or friend; vital in a life or death situation.


Grab and Go Emergency Kits

In a major emergency, you may need to leave your home, work or vehicle with little or no warning. Grab and Go Emergency Kits make it easy for you to ensure vital supplies and equipment are always at the ready.

Find out more about Grab and Go Emergency Kits 

You can purchase a Grab and Go Emergency kit by clicking on the image below

Image of a Grab and Go Emergency Kit