12 October 2017
It's Get Ready Week and this year's theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.
We are huge supporters of this Civil Defence-focussed week in the Taupo District, particularly due to the potential hazards we face given our geography and climate.
This year's theme encourages people to stay safe by staying informed, and emergency manager Ian Connon said there were many ways to do this.
"It's important to be aware of all the ways to stay up to date with the latest information to keep safe," he said.
"We can stay informed by listening to the radio, checking online on our website, Civil Defence Taupo's Facebook page and Twitter, talking to neighbours and signing up for alerts."
Mr Connon said developing relationships with neighbours and keeping in touch with them was a great way to protect each other.
"It can also pay to become part of Neighbourhood Support so you've got your finger on the pulse in the event of an emergency," he said.
Radio was a great way to stay up to date too, he said, as many were battery-operated or could be accessed in cars.
"We encourage people to familiarise themselves with all of these channels so they can pick the ones that suit them most in the case of an emergency."
Learn more about the theme of Stay Safe, Stay Informed, by visiting www.civildefence.govt.nz.