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Hi {tag_recipientfirstname},
Following the Wellington earthquakes, it is a good time to take a moment to create/restock your emergency kits and establish/review your emergency plans and evacuation schemes.

Thinking of those who have been affected by the Wellington earthquakes, and hoping life returns to normal soon.

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EMERGENCY SURVIVAL - EARTHQUAKES

In the event of an emergency, you should be able to stay in your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least three days. Assemble an emergency survival kit for your home, as well as a portable getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry. You should also have essential emergency items in your workplace and in your car.

Visit Get Ready Get Thru to see the best ways to react during an earthquake. Most earthquake related injuries and deaths result from collapsing structures and falling debris, being prepared can help minimize these risks.

Some helpful tips from Christchurch residents:

  • Water - most useful emergency item
  • Keep your phone on charge whenever possible, keep a car charger handy in case the power is cut
  • Carry cash, EFTPOS machines may be empty, lines may be down or the power might be out
  • Keep your car topped up with petrol
  • Keep the radio on (and have spare batteries) for updates
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BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is best described as the process and procedures that are carried out by a business or organisation to ensure that essential functions continue to operate during and after a disaster (e.g if for any reason personnel are denied access to the workplace for an extended period of time).

It should cover procedures for protecting yourself and your employees as well as procedures for protecting your business. BCPs generally cover most or all of an organisation's critical business processes and operations including:

  • Emergency contact details
  • Communication strategies
  • HR Policies
  • Strategies to mitigate the impact of an 'incident'
  • Alternate premises

For more information, or Contact us on 0800 023 789 or by email.

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EVACUATION SCHEMES

A building owner must ensure the building complies with the Fire Service Act 1975 ("Act") and the Fire Safety and Evacuation of Buildings Regulations 2006 ("Regulations").

To check if your building needs an evacuation scheme, see the NZ Fire Service Evacuation Scheme page for criteria and how to apply online using their Online Evacuation Scheme.

The online evacuation scheme service lets you:

  • Submit an evacuation scheme online using a dynamic form
  • View the status of any evacuation schemes that have been submitted using this service
  • Receive correspondence about your scheme e.g. approval notification
  • Maintain your contact and building details

For more information, or Contact us on 0800 023 789 or by email.

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