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Be Prepared: Building Your Essential Emergency Kit for New Zealand Homes

Be Prepared: Building Your Essential Emergency Kit for New Zealand Homes

In the wake of recent earthquakes floods and wildfires, the importance of having an emergency kit in New Zealand homes has become abundantly clear. Disasters can happen at any time, and any place, as we saw recently with the floods in the North Island and the fires most recently in Christchurch. In times of crisis, being self-sufficient for several days can make all the difference. Here's our comprehensive guide to assembling your emergency kit, complete with what you need and how to store everything securely.

Crafting Your Household Plan

First and foremost, establish a household plan. Determine where to meet, assign responsibilities (such as picking up children or elderly relatives), and identify alternative shelter options if returning home isn't possible.

Essential Supplies Checklist

Food and Water:

  • Aim for three litres of water per person per day. Utilize bottled water or food-grade storage containers, avoiding milk cartons due to bacterial risks.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food to last at least three days, including protein bars, canned goods, dried fruits, and high-grain cereals.
  • Don't forget pet food and baby supplies.
  • Consider investing in a camping stove and lightweight utensils for cooking.

First Aid:

  • Bandages, plasters, sterile wipes, scissors, and adhesive tape.
  • Antiseptic solution or cream, tweezers, disposable gloves, and a first aid manual.
  • Over-the-counter pain relief, spare medicines, and special needs items.
  • CPR mask for emergencies.

Clothing and Bedding:

  • Spare clothes, warm jackets, sturdy shoes, blankets, and sleeping bags.
  • Accessories like beanies, scarves, and sun hats.


  • Toilet paper, sanitary items, spare nappies, hand sanitizer, and rubbish bags.

Safety and Other Essentials:

  • Dust masks, duct tape, torches, and spare batteries.
  • Battery-operated radio, spare pet collars or leads, basic cell phone with charger, and a list of emergency contacts.
  • Important documents such as passports, insurance papers, and birth certificates.

Storing Your Supplies:

  • Keep supplies in a cool, shaded area away from direct sunlight.
  • Use large plastic boxes with lids and wheels for easy transportation.
  • Regularly check and replace expired items every three months.
  • If storing water, clean containers with warm water and bleach, and label with dates for rotation.

Preparing Your Kit

Set aside a portion of your budget each week to gradually accumulate necessary items. With consistent effort, you'll soon have a fully stocked emergency kit, providing peace of mind in the face of potential disasters.

Being prepared is not just a matter of safety but also one of responsibility. By Building Your Essential Emergency Kit for New Zealand Homes, you're taking proactive steps to safeguard your family and loved ones during uncertain times.

Share this guide with friends, family, and neighbors to encourage a culture of preparedness within your community. Together, we can face emergencies with resilience and readiness.

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