At Next72Hours, our name reflects the critical window of preparedness following a major natural disaster. When such events occur, essential utilities and services may be disrupted or overwhelmed. Emergency responders prioritize the most critical cases, and in some instances, they may be unable to reach affected areas due to damaged infrastructure. It's why being self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, as recommended by numerous agencies, is crucial.
With over 60 years of combined experience in emergency management, disaster response, and victim identification, our team is committed to providing reliable gear precisely when you need it. Based in Ōtautahi, Christchurch City, on New Zealand's South Island, we understand the country's vulnerability to natural disasters. Situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire, New Zealand frequently encounters seismic and volcanic activity, along with unpredictable weather-related disasters.
Despite these risks, many New Zealanders remain unprepared. At Next72Hours, we strive to offer top-quality products, either individually or in premade kits, sourced from the market. We encourage individuals to explore their area's specific hazards and create disaster preparedness checklists through resources like the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) website.
We welcome suggestions for product additions and are open to reviewing and testing items for suitability on our platform. Your safety and preparedness are our priorities.
Phil brings over 10 years of invaluable experience in volunteer work across diverse fields. His background includes serving with the State Emergency Service (SES) in Australia, where he actively responded to numerous natural disaster events and participated in missing person searches. Additionally, Phil has contributed his expertise to medical first responding in New Zealand as a St John Ambulance volunteer, notably during the Christchurch earthquakes. His involvement also extends to search and rescue operations and disaster management efforts, reflecting his commitment to serving communities in times of need. Phil's extensive experience underscores his dedication to emergency response and readiness, making him a valuable asset to any team.
Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to our team, spanning survival education, appropriate technology construction, and disaster management/search and rescue expertise within the State Emergency Services (SES). His proficiency extends to primitive techniques such as fire lighting using a fire saw or spindle, trap building, and herbal remedies, reflecting his deep understanding of wilderness survival. As an instructor in survival skills, Matthew has shared his expertise with others, contributing to preparedness and resilience in various communities. Moreover, his passion for personal projects underscores his commitment to innovation and exploration in the field. Matthew's diverse skill set and enthusiasm make him a valuable asset to our team and to the broader community.
Mike brings an unparalleled depth of experience to our team, with over 30 years of front-line policing, including search and rescue management, and significant international disaster and disaster victim recovery deployments. His extensive background places him at the forefront of major disasters worldwide, where he has played a crucial role in disaster victim recovery and identification efforts. Mike's invaluable experience spans diverse contexts and challenges, providing our team with a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched. We warmly welcome his expertise, knowing that it will greatly enhance our capabilities and contributions in emergency response and disaster management.