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EMERGENCY KITS AND SURVIVAL ITEMS
IF WE HAVE TO EVACUATE WE WILL:
* Take our Getaway Kit
* Turn off electricity and water
* Take our pets with us
EMERGENCY SURVIVAL ITEMS FOR YOUR HOME
HEATING SOURCE

If you have a fire place make sure you keep a supply of firewood in case of an emergency. Gas heaters are cheap to buy second hand through Trade Me and from second hand shops. They need to be used in a ventilated area but are an excellent choice if used properly. They will work with the same gas bottle you use with your barbecue. Buy an extra bottle or two. Another alternative could be a kerosene heater. You dont see them used a lot now but could be handy in an emergency.

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LIGHTING SOURCE

Its no fun when the lights go out so you need one or more sourses of light to make life more comfortable. Having a few torches and spare batteries is a must for starters. A lantern of some sort whther gas, kerosene or battery powered will get byou through the night. Candle are of couse a great stand by and a few packets take no space in your pantry. Dont forget to stock a few packets of mathes.

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RADIO AND TORCH

Torches are a must. They are relatively cheap and a few should be kept around the home and in the car for emergencies. A portable radio is also essential to find out whats going on. Dont forget to keep your batteries fresh. You can buy combined radios with torch and wind up versions of both are available.

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BATTERY BANK - PHONE CHARGER

Smart phones and handheld devices take a big battery to charge. Battery banks are a quick and efficient way to charge these devices. You’ll need about 10,000mAh to fully charge two smart phones. Solar versions are also available

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COOKING STOVE

You’re going to need a way to cook without electricity and some easy meals that can be cooked using only one cooking pot. The first day without power is fun. You get to eat the ice cream before it melts in your freezer and have cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (before the milk goes bad). The next couple days you eat through the soup, crackers, bread, and snacks in the house. About day 4 of no electricity, that’s where people start to panic because they haven’t prepared.

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OTHER ITEMS

Food - Water - Matches - Batteries - Hygene Supplies
As far as food goes, non-perishable items like pasta, noodles, rice and tinned food are the best idea. For general emergencies like an earthquake, it’s not a good idea to have frozen food for emergency readiness. However, if a crisis is able to disrupt your ability to go to the grocery store, frozen foods might be a tastier option to have on hand than another heap of rice and pasta. Toilet paper, soap and other sanitary supplies should also be considered. A portable toilet may not be essential but they are cheap to buy second hand and a godsend if you need one.

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CASH
A friend in Geraldine was gutted when he could not buy groceries during an event which meant electronic cash systems were out of action. If he a bit of cash stashed away he would have been ok. Add a mix of small notes & large notes to your bug out bag or fire safe. The small notes are for small purchases. Many believe that people will overpay for items in emergency situations because of shortages and extortion.

EMERGENCY SURVIVAL ITEMS
* Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
* Radio with spare batteries
* Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes
* First aid kit and essential medicines
* Blankets or sleeping bags
* Pet supplies
* Emergency toilet - toilet paper and large rubbish bags
* Face and dust masks
Check all batteries every 3 months.

FOOD AND WATER FOR 3 DAYS OR MORE
* Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
* Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
* Water (at least 3 litres per person, per day) for drinking
* Water for washing and cooking
* A primus or gas barbeque to cook on
* A can opener
Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic. Check and replace food and water every twelve months.

HOW TO STORE WATER
* Wash bottles thoroughly in hot water. Fill each bottle with tap water until it overflows. Add five drops of household bleach per litre of water (or half a teaspoon for 10 litres)
* Store in a cool dark place and replace the water every 12 months


GETAWAY KITS
Everyone in the house should have a packed getaway kit in an easily accessible place which includes:
* Torch and radio with spare batteries
* Hearing aids and spare batteries, glasses or mobility aids
* Emergency water and easy-to-carry food rations
* Extra supplies of special dietary items
* First aid kit and essential medicines
* For infants or young children – formula and food, nappies
* Change of clothes (wind/waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes)
* Toiletries – towel, soap, toothbrush, sanitary items, toilet paper
* Blankets or sleeping bags
* Face and dust masks
* Pet supplies
* Important documents:
* Identification (birth and marriage certificates/driver’s licences and passports
* Financial (insurance policies and mortgage)
* precious family photos


CAR EMERGENCY SURVIVAL GETAWAY KIT
Warmth, of course, is a major concern in cold climate and snow emergencies. Since you'll be with your car, you'll have that as protection against the elements. but extra clothing, some blankets, and a sleeping bag will keep you warm if you are stranded for several days. Store these items in a plastic trash bag in your boot or behind the seat of your ute. It's no fun being stranded and cold, and hypothermia is a real danger in cold weather.
Waterproof bag to store supplies.
First aid kit
Energy bars - Bottled water
Spare tire and jack - Flat tire inflation canister - Jumper leads - Tow rope - Car escape tool
Small tool kit - Spare car fuses - folding shovel - Fire extinguisher -
Torch - Road maps - Roll of duct tape - Spare fuel
Paper towels - rags - toilet paper- pen and paper
Blankets - sleeping bags - extra warm clothing- hygien supplies
Seasonal supplies (rain gear, umbrella, ice scraper etc.)

NEW ZEALAND DISASTER SURVIVAL GUIDE
Many families have had their lives changed forever by disasters in New Zealand in recent years. Having a survival plan could go a long way to helping your family during and after a disaster in New Zealand. Learn how to prepare your home and family for survival in a disaster in New Zealand.