The emergency supplies you ACTUALLY need
The supermarket shelves are empty, the news is rife with coronavirus (in New Zealand!) and tourists are pulling pin on their long-awaited European cruises. They say you can never be too careful, but are hundreds of toilet rolls, jumbo bags of rice and endless packs of hand sanitiser really necessary? Here’s what the experts have to say about what emergency supplies you really need.
While having the right supplies is important, the National Emergency Management Agency’s advice is to focus on having a plan.
“The most important thing is sitting down with whanau or flatmates and asking questions like; What if we’re stuck at home for multiple weeks? What if we’ve got no power? What if we’re separated from each other?” said a spokesperson.
While emergency plans for natural disasters such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions often involve leaving home, preparing for any potential pandemic includes a plan that considers needing to stay home for several weeks.
What you need in terms of supplies is really the same as a general emergency kit you should have at home anyway:
at least 9 litres for each person
While it’s unlikely your usual water source will be affected in case of self-isolation, at least a week’s supply of water is advised for any emergency.
a week’s supply
Again, it’s best to have a week’s supply of food for the household. Non-perishable foods that don’t require cooking are always best – enjoy canned peaches for breakfast, good old baked beans for lunch, tuna on crackers for dinner. Don’t forget any baby or pet food, and a can opener!
Yes you’ll need toilet paper, but there’s no need to start clearing the supermarket shelves! It’s also advised to have some large plastic buckets and large plastic rubbish bags for emergency toilets.
Remember you might be needing to find everything in the dark!
It might sound old school, but a battery powered portable radio is the most reliable way to hear crucial information in an emergency. Especially if internet or power are down.
First aid kit
and prescription medicines
A primus or gas BBQ
And if you’re required to leave the house..