Here in New Zealand as we watch coverage of terrorism, wars, mudslides, hurricanes, massive earthquakes, tsunami and other natural disasters around the world we start to realize how mild our climate is and what bounty surrounds us. Here we live in relative peace and tranquility. As hurricane after devastating hurricane hits the US we think of our storms which can bring flooding or a landslip to parts of our country, but they are mild in comparison.
What we are very vulnerable to is diseases that could destroy our agricultural and pastoral based economy, rare volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Wellington, where I live lies right on five major faults. Minor shakes and trembles are common; the last major earthquake event in Wellington was the magnitude 8.2 event in 1855 when it raised the land by up to 6 metres.
We know to expect the “big one” sometime and Civil Defense have long urged us to have plans and kits in readiness. It’s only now though, with a flu pandemic seeming inevitable, that I’ve seriously begun to gather resources for an emergency.
I started by looking at various government websites, but within half an hour came to the conclusion that there was no single government page giving full and explicit instructions about what to put into a kit, where to get it and what to do. Instructions to filter water are helpful, but how, exactly?
Anyway, I’ve taken the plunge and ordered a full kit, with some additional extras, including a first aid kit, from a New Zealand store which recognises this problem. Prepare.co.nz provides Survival Kits and Disaster Emergency Supplies. We still need to stock up on water, paracetamol and a few other items, but once the kit arrives, and we’ve figured out where to store it, we should be well prepared for any natural emergency.