From flooding to earthquakes to tsunami to volcanic eruption, New Zealand is a country at risk from natural disaster.

Think Ahead

During a natural disaster daily life will be severely disrupted and many of the necessities and comforts we take for granted will be either in short supply or non-existent. Your water supply could be cut off or may become infected with hazardous material. Trips to the shops, if they are still operating, may be impossible. Medical and emergency response professionals will be stretched to the limit.

By thinking ahead and preparing an emergency survival kit you can dramatically improve your chances of getting through a disaster. Having the essentials of food, water, medical items and other vital gear on hand when calamity strikes could mean the difference between life and death for you and your family.


Perhaps the most important component of any survival kit is water. You’ll need it not only for drinking, but for cooking and washing as well.

Civil Defence recommends you should have at least a three day supply available. This should consist of:

  • 3 litres per person per day for drinking.
  • 1 litre for cooking and cleaning food per meal.
  • 1 litre for dishwashing per meal.
  • 1 litre per person per day for washing.


As it may be impossible to obtain food in the days immediately following a disaster you will need to survive on what you have stored.

Stockpile a three day supply of non-perishable food for all members of your household. The best survival foods are those that require no refrigeration (as your electricity may well be out), little or no cooking, and very little water.

First Aid

Medical response teams will be overburdened and you may need to provide your own first aid at times. A comprehensive first aid kit will allow you to treat cuts, burns and other injuries until medical help arrives.

A Basic Survival Kit

The following is a short list of items you should have in your emergency survival kit.

  • Water – 3 day supply.
  • Food – 3 day supply.
  • Can opener.
  • Camping stove or BBQ with gas cylinder for cooking.
  • Cooking pot or pan, plastic plates, knives, forks etc.
  • Matches or lighter.
  • First aid kit and any essential medication.
  • Flashlights (preferably waterproof) and spare batteries.
  • Candles.
  • Battery operated radio (for emergency news and warnings) and spare batteries.
  • Weatherproof clothing and hats.
  • Sturdy footwear.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Sleeping bags and blankets.
  • Toys for small children.
  • Special medical equipment for family members with disabilities.

Be Prepared

Surviving an emergency is all about preparation. By ensuring your emergency survival kit is ready and easily accessible by all members of your household you’ll be in a much better position to handle whatever nature throws at you.

You can find more information on preparing for an emergency on the Civil Defence website.

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  1. kalala says:

    how can we survive if everything in your path way is destroyed

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