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How to get prepared for an emergency

We recommend that you take the time to look at both of these videos developed by Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Auckland Council. Although they highlight the Auckland Region, the messages and information are applicable for wherever you may reside within New Zealand:

Knowing your local emergency hazards

Across all three campuses, Massey University is exposed to the full range of hazards that New Zealand presents. Regional Councils in the three cities with Massey campuses all have hazard information on their websites.

Getting prepared

Each regional and local council has its own preparedness information. Most of this information is similar across different regions, because being prepared for most hazards requires the same steps.

Simple emergency preparedness steps for everyone, everywhere

Having a plan for what to do if you cannot get back home or back to your family is important in every situation, from students that live on campus to staff that commute long distances to work at the University.

Contact plan

  1. Work out a plan for making contact with and getting back to your family; this might be a common contact point, such as a family member in another region.
  2. Make sure you have contact details for your family stored in several places; for example, in your phone's memory, in your contacts on an email service, and written down at home.
  3. Share contact details with your friends and colleagues so they can get a message to your family if something happens to you.
  4. Make sure you have access to details like the physical address of your children's schools and your parents' or partner’s workplace.
  5. Staff - Keep your emergency contacts in the HR Yourself Portal up to date.
  6. Find out the emergency plans for your family members' schools and workplaces.
  7. Make sure you have family or friends authorised to collect your children from school if you cannot get to them.
  8. If you have family living, working or going to school in another part of the city (or region), have a meeting place in those areas so you can find each other.

Note: You might only be able to get one text out if the mobile networks are overloaded. If you already have a plan for contacting your family, you’ll know that that one text will get the message to everyone.


  1. Create a workplace Get Home Kit and a Personal Workplace Emergency Plan
  2. If you have medication that you have to take every day, keep at least three days of supply with you.
  3. Keep prescription details with you. If you wear contact lenses, consider keeping a spare pair of eyeglasses with you or at work.


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