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Get Ready Week: Stay safe, stay informed

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time and without warning

Published: 9 October 2017

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, and without warning.

Get Ready Week, which runs from 9 to 13 October, is a great time to think about what you might do in an emergency.

The theme this year is ‘Stay Safe, Stay Informed’.

In the event of an emergency, Auckland Emergency Management will broadcast messages to let you know what to do and where to go if you need to leave your home.

It’s easy to stay informed and, along with having a conversation with family and friends about what you would do in an emergency, is best done in advance.

There are four ways to get emergency updates:

  1. Download the Red Cross Hazards app
    This free app allows users to prepare their homes and families for disaster, find help and let others know they are safe. An in-built alert system will allow you to receive alerts based on your location – in New Zealand and around the world  and type of hazard you are monitoring. You’ll receive official emergency warnings and alerts from participating agencies according to your location or the locations of your friends and family.
  2. Sign up for SMS text message updates
    Sign up to this free service and Auckland Emergency Management will message you if there is important information and actions to take.
  3. Register for email updates
    You will receive emails from us when there is information you may need to know.
  4. Emergency Mobile Alerts
    A fourth option will soon be available to many New Zealanders. Emergency Mobile Alerts are a new way of receiving information about emergencies in your area. If your life, health or property is in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts may be sent to your mobile without needing to sign up or download an app. To check if you can receive these alerts please visit the Ministry of Civil Defence.

Get Ready Week 2017 is run by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and supported by Auckland Emergency Management.

Visit Auckland Emergency Management for more information.