Families and Children

Prepared Kids & Cyber bullying

Devereux-Blum Training Director Sharyn thinks learning cyber safety is an important part of being a Prepared Kid.   Children today are referred to as ‘digital natives’ as they can access many forms of technology.  They adapt quickly to new ways of communicating  like Instagram and Snapchat (forget Facebook, that’s old school according … Read More

Family Preparedness – Safety Password

Source: The New Zealand Herald. An Upper Hutt child escaped a possible abduction attempt because a stranger did not know the password his mother used when sending people to pick him up from school. Source: COLIN WILLIAMS/ FAIRFAX NZ … Read More

Care box for people contemplating suicide

Massey University student Shailah Anderson Source: Nicholas McBride at Stuff A care box is being developed to help people in times of high stress.  A young woman who has struggled with her own mental health is hoping to develop a care box to help others when they are contemplating … Read More

Rural alliance fronting suicide prevention training

Source: Safety News Some 185 farmers took their lives between 2007-15, compared with 8 per cent in the general population. Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) chair Dr Martin London says RHAANZ and Pasifika community support Le Va are two organisations that have been specifically funded by the … Read More

Kaikōura mum’s school app does away with paper notices

Source: Anuja Nadkarni at Stuff A school notices app developed by a Kaikōura mother has been picked up by more than 400 schools in New Zealand and 40 in Australia. Sharlene Barnes-Ealam created the free Parent Teacher Calendar app because her son’s school newsletters regularly got lost at the … Read More

Shopping cart catering for elderly and disabled

Source: SHANI WILLIAMS at Stuff An east Auckland supermarket has been praised for supporting customers with special needs by adopting a unique shopping trolley. New World at Eastridge Shopping Centre in Orakei is the first of New Zealand’s major supermarket chains to offer the Caroline’s Cart. The Caroline’s Cart is a specialised shopping trolley that features a large, front-facing … Read More

Family die after falling into hole at volcano near Naples

Source: Stuff Take care while travelling and obey fenced off areas.  An Italian couple and their 11-year-old son were killed when a hole opened up in the ground at a bubbling volcanic crater near Naples, a popular tourist site. Italy’s fire brigade said it pulled three dead bodies from a … Read More

What your emergency kit should contain

Are you prepared?  Do you have a fully stocked emergency or disaster kit you can rely on to keep you going when the unexpected happens?  Together with a well stocked first aid kit (masks, gloves, disinfectant and torch) being prepared with food and water are the best things you can … Read More

Dealing with Stress from Disasters

Dealing with Stress from Disasters Information from Massey University's School of Psychology on Dealing with Stress arising from Disasters is available, including Factsheets. Read More

School Lockdowns

A lock down occurs where there is an identified risk and a need to contain and protect people.  They are an important part of school and workplace safety and preparedness.    The Ministry of Education has provided information on their website on how to keep children and young … Read More

Turtle Safe

Information about talking to children about earthquakes, including a catchy downloadable Turtle Safe song can be found here. Read More

Dogs – Water Requirements

We all know we have to drink fluids to stay hydrated, and perform well. That’s common sense. But what about the dogs? What do they need to drink, and how do we give it to them? Read More

Accessing Critical Information

There are times when we need to access information urgently but may not be able to retrieve it from those places we would normally go to to access it from. Following events such as the earthquakes in Christchurch and the evacuations from Sumner and Redcliffs many people were unable to … Read More

Storing Drinking Water

Water is the single most important thing to store in preparation for an emergency. We can live without food for a few days but we cannot live without water. For an emergency we need to store at least three days worth of water. Each person should store at … Read More

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

This information is from materials created by the Emergency Survival Program (ESP) in 2006 and based on "The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety" in the handbook Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country.  Read More

Mental Health Needs Following a Disaster

Two recent articles in the news highlight the need to help groups of people following a disaster by sharing techniques to help them with their pain, grief and fears, and to reinforce that, while these emotions are difficult and unpleasant, they are normal, natural and necessary to healing and getting through the emotional pain to rebuild their lives and communities.  This might also alleviate some of the overwhelming burden on professionals in the mental health field. Read More

Safe Camping and Caravaning

Before you know the kiwi mass exodus to the beach or country side will begin.  Perhaps you're going to be getting away from it all on your holiday and live in a tent or a caravan and fire up the barbecue.  Of course, for others there are the joys of staying at their favourite holiday park - complete with all the traditional fun of this classic kiwi getaway. However, before you are caught up in the inevitable end of your rush, it is a good time to take steps to make sure that you are ready to get through your holiday safely. The Ministry of consumer affiars' energy Safety Service has some advice.  Several people have died in New Zealand because caravans were incorrectly hooked up to an electricity supply - make sure you're hooked up correctly. Read More

Holiday Preparedness – Avoid Burglaries

It's the holiday season. In between planning end of year events, Christmas shopping and what to do for the summer break, you need to start thinking about how to make your home or business premises burglar-proof. Counties Manukau Police say a few simple crime prevention steps can help stop you becoming a crime victim and burglary statistic. By taking a few minutes to 'think like a thief' you will be able to identify the tell-tale signs of security weaknesses in your home or place of business. Read More

Schools Make a Big Difference When the Going Gets Tough

Every forward thinking school and teacher knows that ongoing professional development is a very important ingredient when it comes to  teaching and fostering a culture of lifelong learning in the school and community. This learning extends to the tertiary sector where people continue to study and their findings in turn ignite our interest and we continue to learn and apply further knowledge into our workplace. Two researchers that I have on my radar are David Johnston from Massey University who completed research on ‘School Closures during Disasters: Impacts on Children’ and Tom Wilson from Canterbury University who completed research on ‘Rural Families and Disasters: Stories from Canterbury, Iceland and Patagonia’. Both these two people would be quick to say that they were part of a team but any researcher would also be pleased that their research findings are being shared within the education sector and community. Their findings focus on schools and the important role they play in the community. So regardless of which school you are part of, their findings can be applied. So what can we take from this research? Read More

Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) was established by the Government in 1945 to provide earthquake and war damage cover for purchasers of fire insurance.  Later, cover for other natural disasters was included and, later still, … Read More

Get Ready Get Thru Website

Due to its location and environment, New Zealand faces many potential disasters. In some cases, such as a weather related or volcanic disaster, there may be time for a warning. But an earthquake or a tsunami close to land could strike without warning. All disasters have … Read More

What’s The Plan Stan

Earthquakes, floods, storms, tsunami, and volcanic eruptions, as well as non-natural hazards such as fires and pandemics, can be frightening because they strike at any time and often without warning. Understanding what causes these hazards and knowing what to do will help you to be better prepared when they happen. Read More