Keep safe over the holidays
Civil Defence Minister Rick Barker today urged New Zealanders to take some time to plan for the unexpected before
starting their holidays.
“Recent disasters and emergencies in New Zealand and around the World have highlighted the need to look after ourselves
and our families by preparing for the unexpected," said Rick Barker.
"It’s not just about being prepared at home but also about having a plan and keeping your family safe when you are on
“Be aware of the hazards that can affect the area you are holidaying in. Have you made plans for what you will do in the
event of a storm or flood? How would you cope with being stranded away from home? Do you know where the local Civil
Defence centres are located?”
Rick Barker says it’s a good idea to store a pair of walking shoes, waterproof jacket, essential medicines, snack food,
water and a torch in your car.
There is helpful information on what to do to be better prepared at http://www.getthru.govt.nz
. It’s also a good idea to get up to date roading information at http://www.aaroadwatch.co.nz
before you set out.