Get Ready Week
Get Ready Week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October). This year's theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.
About Get Ready Week 2017
Get Ready Week starts on Monday 9 October and this year's theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed.
During the week we’ll be promoting the different ways people can stay informed during an emergency – which radio stations to listen to, which website and social media to follow, the importance of getting to know your neighbours and checking if you can receive Emergency Mobile Alerts.
This information has been translated into a handy New Zealand Sign Language video.
If the power goes out, a solar or battery powered radio (or your car radio) can help you keep up to date with the latest news, In an emergency, tune to these stations:
- Radio New Zealand
- The Hits
- Radio Live
For local updates, check your council's website, as well as your local Civil Defence Emergency Management website and social media.
Know your neighbours
There's strength in numbers. In an emergency, you can work with your neighbours to get through.
Neighbourhood Support Groups bring local people together to create safe, supportive and connected communities.
Join Neighbourhood Support at neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz or call 0800 463 444.
Emergency Mobile Alert (coming soon)
Emergency Mobile Alert will be a new way of receiving information about emergencies in your area. If your life, health or property is in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be sent to your mobile, without needing to sign up or download an app. Emergency Mobile Alert is expected to be available by the end of 2017.
Resources to promote Get Ready Week
Get Ready Week is an opportunity for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM), Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups, partner agencies and other organisations, to focus on public education and preparedness activities.
We've prepared a number of resources to help you promote Get Ready Week 2017.
Posters and flyers
Content for social media and websites
Content for intranets and newsletters
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- Emergency Mobile Alert (PNG 0.5mb)
- Neighbours (PNG 0.5)
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Online and email
If you have any questions about Get Ready Week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In an Emergency: Stay Safe, Stay Informed.
New Zealand Sign Language Video: Get Ready Week 2017
If you want to find out more about Get Ready Week activity in your region, please contact your NPERG representative:
Previous Get Ready Week campaigns
The theme for Get Ready Week 2016 was ‘Prepared kids’. This theme focused on the importance of getting children involved in emergency plans, along with the relaunch of What’s the Plan, Stan? Children are good at getting the rest of the family involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about natural hazards, so activities centred on getting the whole family engaged.
New Zealand ShakeOut took place during Get Ready Week in 2015, and focused on earthquake education and safety. The New Zealand ShakeOut campaign culminated in a national earthquake drill that took place at 9:15am, 15 October 2015, with over 1.36 million Kiwis taking part and practising Drop, Cover and Hold together.
Get Ready week in 2014 was all about ‘What would you do?’ which concentrated on how people would deal with different scenarios after a disaster. Promotions focused on raising awareness of potential hazards and what to do to be prepare for a range of situations.
The theme was "Know your neighbours, know your community" with activities focused on getting to know and supporting your neighbours.
“Drop, Cover, Hold” was the theme with the week’s activities synchronised with the national ShakeOut drill
A "Get Ready Get Thru" theme to build on the national campaign with CDEM Groups focusing on specific aspects such as water, schools, businesses. The week’s activities were supported nationally by The Warehouse Group with reminders and instore promotions encouraging people to stock up on essential items.
A "Get Ready Get Thru" theme to build on the national campaign with CDEM Groups focusing on specific aspects such as water, schools, businesses. The week’s activities were supported nationally by The Warehouse Group and Foodstuffs, with reminders and instore promotions encouraging people to stock up on essential items.
Earthquake Preparedness was the focus. During the week TV3 screened the Aftershock docudrama which was produced in collaboration with CDEM. The Warehouse Group was also involved with instore promotions at their stores nationwide.
The theme for 2006 was “You could be… (shopping/reading the paper)“ with a focus on planning for various scenarios. Print advertisements and posters developed and promoted through community newspapers. The Warehouse Group was involved with instore promotions at their stores nationwide.
Know What It Takes To Survive civil defence radio campaign launched. Also a focus on preparedness for volcanic activity with the tenth anniversary of the Ruapehu eruptions.