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Takatū ana te hapori Community Ready

1.Know your neighbour

Knowing your neighbours

Your neighbours may be the first people able to help you in an emergency. When you get to know your neighbours, you’re more likely to look out for each other during and after an emergency event.  

You may also meet people in your neighbourhood who may need extra help in an emergency such as elderly, those with disabilities, people living alone, or people with English as a second language.

  • Share contact details with your neighbours so you can contact each other if an emergency occurs.
  • Tell your neighbour about your emergency plan and ask about their plans.
  • Create a network of people you will speak to let each other know that an Emergency Mobile Alert has been issued.

2.Community Emergency Plan

Community Emergency Plan

Community Emergency Plans are owned and developed by the community, for the community.  They are a great way for the community to come together, discuss and outline how they plan to respond and keep each other safe during an emergency event.

When you make your Community Emergency Plan think about:

  • Identifying risks and hazards history.
  • Strengths, vulnerabilities, and assets or facilities in the local area that will likely be of use during an emergency.
  • Alternative communications methods.
  • Vulnerable people/groups within communities.
  • Highlight key connection, community networks, official information channels.

No one knows a community better than you and the people who live in it.

3.Volunteering in the community

Volunteering in the community

Volunteers are an important part of the emergency management community, before, during and after an emergency event.

Whatever organisation you volunteer for, or even if you just show up to help occasionally, you can promote preparedness and increase the resilience of the Taranaki region.

Here are some of our partners you could volunteer with:

The NZ Red Cross

Neighbourhood Support

Fire and Emergency New Zealand


Community Patrol