Civil Defence Checklist November 2013

Civil Defence checklist same as info above and that follows .pdf format


Be prepared … at your place

In the event of disasters ... storms, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, fires, eruptions ... every household must be prepared for emergencies.

The priority in any emergency is to ensure the safety of members of your household, then to assist and work with neighbours to deal with the aftermath.

Every family and household should have a survival kit and family plan in place. You and the people you live with can use this useful checklist to be sure that you have all the bases covered.




Safe place ... where is likely to be the safest place to store your survival kit and to muster in an emergency.


Survival kits ... keep these up to date and in a handy place. Your kit should contain the following things:


  • drinking water ... at least three litres per person per day for three days minimum


  • washing water ... at least three litres per person for three days minimum


  • food ... cans and dried food for at least three days (plus can opener!)


  • pet food ... ditto and pet water ditto


  • clothing ... warm and waterproof gear you can move in


  • footwear ... practical and warm


  • sleeping space ... such as tent, caravan, material for bivouac, sleeping bags, tarpaulin, groundsheet, blankets


  • cooking ... gas bottle, bbq, cooker, fuel, matches. pots and pans, utensils


  • toilet ... something to section off part of the garden for temporary loo, spade, loo paper, bucket, old toilet seat, newspaper


  • lighting ... headband lights (hands-free) plus wind-up torches, gas lights


  • communications ... small radio and batteries, plug-in analogue phone


  • food storage ... something to keep pests away from food


  • first aid ... kit with regular medications, Panadols (or similar), bandages, antiseptic, slings and bandages, scissors


  • personal papers ... plastic ID cards, insurance policies, paper work, some cash



Your priority is to ensure the safety of everyone in your household.  After that we should assist and work with our neighbours and follow the plan agreed in your street meeting.

This checklist will be on our web site. We will add your ideas to it as they arise from your street meetings.  We will also amend it over time in line with ‘official’ guidelines.

Be prepared .... working with your neighbours

The first step to prepare your neighbourhood to survive a disaster is

your first street group meeting … followed by others to keep info up to date. 

We suggest that groups of 6-10 households meet and work through this checklist. Neighbours may have to pool resources and skills to provide basic needs in a major emergency. Some people will need extra help. This situation could go on for several days.



  • have your street meeting and get someone organised to be the recorder


  • make a list of useful resources you have between you like gas bbqs, boats, chemical toilets, tents and caravans etc.


  • make a list of useful skills that members of your street group have like medical experience, search and rescue, culinary, building and other practical talents


  • list contact details for all household members day/night, work/home remembering to note the schools and other places where some household members may be during the day


  • note any neighbours with disabilities, who are elderly and frail or those who have infants and those who will need special help


  • list pets in each household


  • note any other information important to the group of residents in your group


  • distribute a copy of this information to all street group households.  (These should be kept in a safe place as the information is confidential.)



Then you will need to discuss the following points:


  • Where will you meet (when each of you has ascertained the safety of your own household)?


  • Who will be the person who liaises with the CD headquarters at Plimmerton School (or wherever it is relocated to)?


  • How will you organise to check neighbouring properties?  A team of three is recommended.


  • Who will record dates, times of visits to check properties?


  • Download the form from our web site (November) that can be stuck on the main entrance of each property you check (with number of people safe, number who need assistance, property issues, time and date of check etc.)


  • What will you need to carry out first aid and other response/rescue activities?


  • How can you plan to work together to organise communal toilet facilities, cooking and sharing of food, shelter, evacuation, or whatever is needed.



Find out more


  • Detailed info at
  • WREMO is also putting out a booklet online and in hard copy about street groups and how they can work in emergencies.  We’ll let you know when this becomes available.
  • A booklet, It’s easy, is available from PCC and explains how to get yourself prepared at home.


Let us know if we have missed out anything that your group thinks is important.


News - posted 27 June 2013

Important links: PCC Civil Defence Information

Lessons to be learned from storm response. Take the survey here.

PRA civil defence coordinators Dave Lowe and Alan Reader are not happy with energy company responses to last week’s (20 June 2013) storm-induced power cuts.  They are preparing a report which they will present to the organisations involved.  One energy company took more than 12 hours to respond to an extremely dangerous situation with live sparking power lines down across a driveway and garden, despite repeated calls from fire and police.  The outage in Gordon Road and Ogilvie Terrace could have been fixed very simply in minutes as the cause was identified and reported by a qualified local.  However the energy companies lacked expertise on the front lines and the situation had to be escalated to get action. After three days the linesmen finally turned up and took less than ten minutes to unpack, climb the ladder, fix the fuse, pack up and depart.  Because of the time involved in sorting this issue probably hundreds of calls were logged over the three days by the residents in the 80-100 houses involved which would have clogged up the already inefficient system. 

Plimmerton Volunteer Fire Brigade did an amazing job in very difficult conditions dealing with 29 callouts in 36 hours.  Many of these involved property and tree damage and people not knowing who to call for assistance. 

PCC staff did a great job out in all weathers to get roads open and safe. Local councillors, Nick Leggett the mayor and Kris Faafoi all worked the phones and other communication media to help get issues resolved. 

Major issues identified in a first-pass discussion include:

  • Communication, overall this was a major problem.  We need a strong local communication network based on street groups where information about resources and people at risk is held.  Some streets have organised groups and they were able to support older people with food and warmth during the three days without power.  How people who are unwell or frail coped in some areas is not known.
  • Civil Defence planning and preparation needs beefing up.  Trevor Farmer, Porirua CD coordinator, did a sterling job.  We need more people in our community trained in CD and with the right equipment to galvanise our response to major events like this storm.
  • Energy companies need to get their act together.  Leaving an 11kv line sparking for hours is madness (a brush with that is instant death) and the three day power outage could have been easily and quickly remedied. 
  • We cannot rely on electric appliances for heating.  Especially for elderly or unwell people, three days or longer in the cold, dark and damp could be fatal.  Gas heating with electric starting devices is also useless. 
  • LED head lights proved to be the most useful item.  Other experiences show that candles are no good for going down stairs as you cannot see your feet! Emergency kits and all the things you need in a crisis must be accessible and visible! 
  • A local radio station could be dedicated to providing civil defence info in a crisis, so we can all get info from a centralised and reliable source.  Keeping us all posted about slips, trees down, dangerous power lines and power outages would enable us to respond effectively.  (Most of us didn’t even know that power was out for three days to Gordon Road and Ogilvie Terrace and accommodation, hot food and other assistance would willingly have been provided.). 
  • A database of useful resources in each street area would include things like big gas bbqs, motor homes, boats, portable toilets, chainsaws etc.  Also people with practical skills such as medical, search and rescue and so on.  This information would be available to local coordinators and could save lives in an emergency. 
  • Roofs lifting, windows blowing out, trampolines flying away and trees falling are panic-inducing things. Perhaps we should have a community response team to deal with these in a crisis (armed with tarpaulins, tools and expertise) freeing up the fire brigade to deal with life threatening situations. 

If you would like to help Alan and Dave with the report and with civil defence planning contact us today

Organise a street group meeting with mulled wine at your place this month.  Let us know who the contact is.  Keep all your information safe.  Guidelines for planning are here HOW TO GET READY.


Civil Defence Emergency Management display at Plimmerton Promenade, Beach and Ball (update provided by Alan Reader - posted 19/04/2013)

Martin Cawthorne, Alistair Robb, Dave Lowe, Greg Lemaire and Alan Reader with Trevor Farmer and Rebecca Jackson from Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), set up a Civil Defence display on the school playing field together with Coast Guard and Rotary displaying their emergency response kits for Pacific Islands.

During the day John Wilce and Polly Collier from PCC helped out with answering questions and handing out bags containing home preparation information to visitors.

On show at the Civil Defence display were rainwater collection systems and maps showing the tsunami risk zones for Plimmerton.

Children played a radio game in which they were sent off with a hand-held two-way radio on a mission to find answers to questions passed to them by radio.

No prizes, just fun and judging by the beaming faces they enjoyed the experience.


People were also asked to complete a survey form aimed at finding out how prepared they are at home to cope with an emergency and what services they expect will be set up.

Twenty one forms were returned and the results indicate that many people are prepared at home with:-

  • 76 percent reasonably or well prepared,
  • 76 percent have 10 litres or more of water stored for each member of the household,
  • 62 percent have food for three days,
  • 76 percent have a plan for meeting up with the rest of the family,
  • however 62 percent are not members of a neighbourhood group but are willing to join one.

The prize of a grab-bag for those who filled in a survey form was drawn by Alan Trist who happened to be in the Big Salami Café on Wednesday 10 April having a quiet cup of coffee. It was won by Gillian Dodson and duly delivered that day.

It is interesting to note that 52 percent expect there will be search and rescue procedure available whilst 57 percent expect an emergency centre would be set up with medical and social services to help people in distress.

These are unrealistic expectations unless there are well trained local people with all the necessary equipment to mobilize such facilities. Porirua is training an emergency response team that does have some equipment, but this is likely to be fully occupied elsewhere.

It is most likely that in the event of an emergency Plimmerton people would have to be self sufficient for a considerable time before such services were brought in and were up and running.

Rebecca Jackson of WREMO has offered to help Plimmerton prepare a CRP (community response plan) which Alan Reader and Dave Lowe have undertaken to pursue.

Initial civil defence planning underway for 2013. If you are keen to be involved in civil defence planning contact Alan Reader email:


What to do in emergencies

Porirua City has a great team working in this area and there is comprehensive information on their website about planning for emergencies.  We have extracted information of particular relevance for Plimmerton residents so you know what to do in different sorts of emergencies, what the signals are so you know what is happening, where to muster, how to plan with local information in mind and who the key people are in our area.

There are opportunities for you to be involved in the Red Cross flying squad initiative, learn first aid and be part of the civil defence team.

Don't wait for the this and plan while you can!

  • Fire
  • Disaster planning
  • Earthquake preparedness
  • Tsunami


Civil Defence

The Porirua City Council’s emergency management team and the New Zealand Red Cross are working together to boost the city’s capacity to respond to emergency events.  Volunteers will learn skills that will make a difference in their communities at critical times, for example welfare, first aid, casualty handling, radio communications, vehicle handling etc. If you wish to volunteer and you are capable, compassionate and can think on your feet, contact Trevor Farmer with Red Cross Response Team in the subject line or call 237 1430 or 0275 303 368.


These are your local civil defence centres in the Porirua City area:

  • Pukerua Bay School - 89 Rawhiti Rd, Pukerua Bay
  • Plimmerton School - School Rd, Plimmerton
  • Pauatahanui School - Pauatahanui
  • Discovery School - Pullen Lane, Whitby
  • Papakowhai School - Spey Place, Papakowhai
  • Tairangi School - Omapere St, Waitangirua
  • Porirua City Council Depot - Prosser St
  • Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, Paekakariki Hill Rd
  • Titahi Bay Fire Station - Titahi Bay


For more information about civil defence check out


Wellington Region Emergency Planning Guide added 1 October 2010.


Porirua Civil Defence PCC

Last Updated: 24/11/2013 3:28pm