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Get Ready week: What can you do?

What can you do?

Use Get Ready Week to make sure your staff are prepared for emergencies, at work and at home. has tips for families to be prepared, including talking to kids about emergencies, getting basic supplies together, and preparing a personal workplace emergency plan.

Our friends at Resilient Organisations say when planning for a crisis, many businesses miss thinking about staff and the non-work related demands on their time.  Even the most dedicated staff member will put family first if they are in danger. They suggest holding a morning tea to get staff feeling connected and put this level’s scenario to them:

Get your staff to identify the potential challenges they may face outside of work in an emergency (e.g. child care, transportation, community responsibilities, food, lack of water).  And then ask them ways which they could help each other and ways the organisation could help them. Use these headings to work through the issues and how you can help.

The main non-work related issues my staff have are...

Ways which we could help them include...

Consider what may happen when an emergency does happen. Plan what your business or workplace will do now to prepare, so that when it happens you will be able to recover quickly:

Do you know how to contact your staff, suppliers and key customers if your IT system is down and you cannot get into your office?

Do you have alternative contact information for when landline or mobile networks are down?

Does anyone else in your organisation know where to find this information if you are not there?

Do your staff and their families have a plan for communicating in a crisis?

Resources for Get Ready Week

MCDEM has developed a range of resources to encourage people to talk about emergencies with their families, share these with your staff:

Kids’ Questions posters - Display these in your staff rooms, meeting rooms, public areas. Download posters at

Kids’ Questions videos (without sound) - play these on your intranet, waiting rooms, welcome monitors, websites, available on the NZGetThru You Tube channel, or we can send you MP4 files.

Visit for:

A list of basic supplies to have at home and in getaway bags

Advice for talking to kids about emergencies

Online and printable household plans

Personal workplace emergency plans

Resilent Organisations has developed resources giving organisations advice and tools for planning and managing in challenging times

Copy for intranets and staff newsletters

Here's some copy you can use on your own intranets and newsletters:

October 10-16 is Get Ready Week, this year’s theme is Prepared Kids. We know that when kids are involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about natural hazards, they encourage their families to be more prepared and play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies.

Get Ready Week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October). It’s a chance for all of us to make sure we are prepared for emergencies.

Take some time this week to be more prepared at home and at work:

Talk to your kids in an honest, but not scary, way about what might happen in an emergency, what you can do to keep safe, and what your plan is for if you can’t get home. The more involved they are, the less scared they will be if an emergency does happen.

Make a list of the people who could help you and those who might need your help in an emergency, write their numbers down in case

Contact your school or daycare and find out what their emergency plans are. Where will they go if they are evacuated? Who will look after the kids until you get there? Give the school or day care a list of three people who can pick the kids up if you can’t get there.

Make a list of supplies you might need at home and in your car – have a getaway bag for everyone, with warm clothes, snack food, water, ID, radio, torch and batteries.

Visit to work through an emergency plan with your family

To find out more about Get Ready Week, visit or email

Source - Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

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