Although it was centred near Kaikoura, the magnitude 7.5 earthquake was felt across, and has affected, most of the country. At times like this, we need to work together to make life less stressful for each other.
For this week’s article, here is a list of 20 things you can do after the earthquake. You will be able to think of things that I have missed. Add them to a list of your own.
1. It’s fine to feel unsettled…
2. …but try and keep calm
3. Make sure you have an emergency bag packed and ready to go
4. Laugh, joke and play as normal
5. Help your parents or caregivers and whanau with any clearing or tidying up
6. Listen to or watch the news – but try not to get fixated with it
7. Talk to your family about your emergency plan
8. Go to school if it’s open
9. Ask for help if you need it
10. Look at Geonet and find out what’s going on
11. Ask lots of questions
12. Email, Skype, call or visit family and friends and check they’re okay
13. Try and carry on your own routine as normal
14. Stay away from the coast and rivers
15. Comfort your pets
16. Drop, cover and hold if there are aftershocks
17. Stay out of and away from any damaged buildings or land
18. Let your parents or caregivers know exactly where you’ll be at any time
19. Use your common sense
20. Kia kaha! Stay strong!
By Ben Egerton.
Critical Thinking Challenge / Practical Task
Prepare and follow your own list and, most importantly, make sure you and your whanau have a plan, supplies and you drop, cover and hold.
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