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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7 Responses

  1. Im just asking But how are you kind of going to email or Skype or even watch the news if the powers highly likely going to be cut and there is gonna be no internet probably

  2. Hope everyone’s OK cause i definitely felt that but luckily only 1 thing fell down in our house

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