Civil Defence

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The siren you hear in Kaikoura is a fire siren for local volunteer firefighters. It is not an evacuation siren.


Three steps to get ready for a disaster: 

Emergencies and disasters can occur with little or no warning. Civil Defence starts with everyone getting prepared before anything happens - remember 'we are all Civil Defence'.  In the days and weeks after a disaster, Civil Defence means everyone helping themselves, their families and communities to respond and recover as best they can.

1. Make a plan - 'Prepared not scared' is our motto in the Kaikoura District. We live in a wild and beautiful place but this means we need to be able to take care of ourselves and our community in an emergency. We may be isolated for days or weeks. Do your part to help so that we can help those who can’t help themselves on the day. You can make a plan by:

2.  Know your Tsunami survival

3. Know where you'll be able to get information after a disaster 

In an emergency, the radio is your best source of information. Make sure you have a radio with fresh batteries or a self-generated power source (like a wind up radio)  that picks up these stations where you live.

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