Preparing for an Emergency for Marlborough Sounds Residents


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Preparing for an Emergency for Marlborough Sounds Residents

Wherever you live in New Zealand, you and your family are vulnerable to the effects of a natural or man-made disaster and severe weather events. You could be on your own for days or even weeks.

If you live in the Marlborough Sounds you’re probably quite self-sufficient. So, stay that way by being prepared...and think about how you’d manage if:

  • Your water supply is cut off by a slip
  • Your septic tank is broken
  • Your local town is inaccessible and the mail boat can’t reach you
  • One or more family members are away and can’t get home.
  • Your generator is damaged and/or you have limited fuel supplies
  • You have visitors on your property…with limited food supplies
  • Your house is too damaged to remain in safely
  • You have dead or injured stock
  • Communication is limited to VHF radio and/or limited AM/FM radio

Make a plan

Marlborough Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) has the resources to help you plan for an emergency. There’s no time like the present - do it now!

Involve your neighbours in developing your plan.

  • The Marlborough Sounds are vulnerable in an earthquake or a tsunami. Have a look at the tsunami inundation zones on Smart Maps on the Marlborough District Council website to check your property risk in a tsunami
    Go to Smart Maps
  • Check which radio stations you can receive (FM and AM). Marlborough CDEM broadcasts directly through Brian FM in an emergency (Blenheim 100.9 FM, Picton 105.9 FM and Havelock 100.1 FM).
  • In an emergency, Marlborough CDEM can use marine radio channels 63 and 65 to provide information and advice.
  • Know your GPS location and if possible identify the GPS coordinates for a helicopter landing place.
  • Think about how you’ll let friends and family know that you are safe if communication is limited.

For more information:

Go to the Be Prepared section of the Get Ready website