Statistics NZ Home > Browse for statistics > People and communities > Households > How prepared are New Zealanders for a natural disaster? This report outlines preparations New Zealand households have made for a natural disaster, using information from the 2010 New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS). The 2010 NZGSS results show some improvement in household preparation for a natural disaster. For this report, three levels of natural disaster preparations are used to assess how prepared New Zealand households are for a natural disaster. The proportion of New Zealand homes with basic or better preparation, and damage mitigation, has increased since 2008. 18 percent of households (294,000 homes of 1,634,000 New Zealand homes) met all three requirements for basic preparation (up from 15 percent in 2008). 13 percent of households (206,000 homes) met all requirements for better preparation (up from 11 percent in 2008). Figure 2 shows the proportions of New Zealand homes that had items to help them survive a natural disaster – from the most-common items used in daily life (having warm clothes available, and a can opener) to the least common (having a household emergency plan worked out with family members). More households in the Canterbury and Wellington regions than in other regions met all the requirements for basic preparation.
The proportions of Canterbury and Wellington homes with better preparation also increased in 2010 (to 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively). In 2010, households in the Auckland region remained less likely than households in other regions to have all the items needed for basic preparation (around one in 10 homes being prepared).
The proportion of households in the Canterbury region with an emergency plan showed the greatest change, increasing to 42 percent in 2010 (91,000 homes) from 28 percent (60,000 homes) in 2008.
Households in the Auckland region were least likely to have a household emergency plan – only 22 percent had developed an emergency plan in 2010.
Home owners were more prepared for a natural disaster than renters, although the 2010 results show the gap may be closing.
Households owning their homes were about one and a half times more likely than renting households to have basic preparation (20 percent and 14 percent, respectively) and better preparation (15 percent and 8 percent, respectively) in 2010. The proportion of renting households with basic preparations increased to 14 percent in 2010, up from 10 percent in 2008. In Wellington and Canterbury, the regions with the largest increase in basic (and better) preparation, over three-quarters of prepared homes were owned by the household. Of the 44,000 households in the Wellington region meeting all the requirements for basic preparation, 76 percent owned their homes.
Of the 62,000 households in the Canterbury region meeting all the requirements for basic preparation, 77 percent owned their homes. Over three-quarters of New Zealand households (82 percent or 1,279,000 homes) had home contents insurance. The likelihood of households taking out home contents insurance increased with household income.
The proportion of households with basic preparation and better preparation was similar across income levels in 2010.
Figure 6 shows the proportion of households, with and without home contents insurance, that had made some preparations in 2010. One-parent families were more likely to not have met any of the requirements for basic preparation at home (18 percent or 25,000 homes) than couples with dependent children (9 percent or 47,000 homes) or couples without dependent children (6 percent or 29,000 homes). This lack of preparation in one-parent families increased from 15 percent (22,000 homes) in 2008. Of the 25,000 one-parent families without any of the basic requirements, two-thirds (69 percent) were renting their home.
One-parent families were also less likely to have met all the requirements for better preparation at home (8 percent) than other family types.
The proportion of couples with dependent children that met all the requirements for basic preparation increased to 17 percent (73,000 households), from 13 percent in 2008. The damage mitigation results only include households that have heavy and tall furniture, and those that have a hot water cylinder.

The regional breakdowns presented are based on regional council areas, and are grouped where necessary for analysis. More data on preparations for natural disasters is available through the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management’s Get ready get thru campaign research.
Every two seconds, a person in the United States will need blood to recover from serious injuries, major surgeries, or chronic illnesses. Metro Manila is prone to earthquakes since it is surrounded by active faults—the West Valley and East Valley Faults.
She added, “Blood donation will only take up 45 minutes of a person’s time, but the outcome transcends a lifetime.” One donor could actually help save the lives of three people who need to receive blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. While blood donation has been considered as an important pillar in saving millions of lives around the world during natural disasters—especially during earthquakes—de Leon said that not everyone can freely submit themselves to healthcare institutions to donate blood. Donating blood is known for preserving cardiovascular health by reducing blood viscosity which eliminates the iron that possibly oxidizes in your blood, and minimizes the risk of acquiring cancer.
If you aim to give others the benefit to have a better quality of life, you also have to ensure your health round-the-clock.” De Leon concluded, “When natural disasters take form in the Philippines, we’ve got no one else to hold on to but each other. Joey Tibayan-Bayan is a 40 something Filipina Mum to two teenagers and wife to an OFW Engineer based in Saudi Arabia. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Very good DVD- we use Bethesda DVD's to supplement all of our DSP training modules and to use for review throughout the year.
Unlike economic meltdowns, wars, or other man-made disasters which have warning signs and can be anticipated, natural catastrophes like earthquakes, tsunamis, flash floods, and wildfires, among others, can happen at any time. Follow the tips below so you can properly prepare for whatever Mother Nature can throw your way.
Since many types of disasters can cut you and your family off from stores and other food sources, make sure you have enough food stored up. Store only food that you only need to take out of a can and serve cold or, if you have wood to burn, heat up. Check out the Sold Out After Crisis ebook, if you are interested to know more about the important food items you need to stock up. You might not have access to water or the water you can access might be contaminated due to busted pipes or groundwater contamination. Keeping drinking water out in the open and exposed to sunlight might encourage microorganism growth. A radio is crucial because emergency coordination efforts on the local, state, or even federal level are often announced on radio. Keep the basic tips above in mind so you don’t have to take a massive hit when a natural disaster strikes your area.
Mr Lehner said the biggest increase in competitors was seen in women aged between 18 and 39, with most opting for the Fitness Model and Swimsuit categories.He also said the ANB competitions were divided into multiple divisions, based on height, weight, experience and other factors. It follows a similar report using 2008 NZGSS data (see Natural disaster preparation at home).
The information helps us determine how prepared New Zealand homes are for future natural disasters and how fast they can recover. For example, more homes in the Canterbury and Wellington regions, and more couples with dependent children, were prepared than in 2008. The levels, created in consultation with the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, are shown in figure 1. The proportion of households basically prepared in Canterbury (28 percent or 62,000 homes) nearly doubled from 2008 (15 percent or 32,000 homes). Homes in these two regions were also more likely to have met all the requirements for better preparation than homes in other regions. The changes between 2008 and 2010 were only significant for Canterbury (up to 51 percent in 2010, from 35 percent in 2008) and Wellington (up to 61 percent in 2010 from 50 percent in 2008).
However, households with the highest incomes ($100,001 or more) had the greatest increase in basic preparation (18 percent, up from 13 percent in 2008).

The 2010 survey stopped collecting in Canterbury for two weeks after the 22 February earthquake.
What happens when natural disasters arrive in the Philippines where blood donations are more in demand than ever?
According to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces should prepare for the “mega earthquake” which could put the lives of thousands of people on the line. But de Leon said that “before Filipinos start rolling up their sleeves to prepare for blood donation, they must first understand what the process means, what it is for, and how it will also benefit them in the long run.” Blood transfusion is an indispensable component of healthcare where the donor’s blood is added to the recipient’s own blood. Other factors include considerations regarding factors such as body temperature, history of hepatitis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, low and high blood pressure, and other blood related conditons. While we still have time, we need to bank more safe blood from volunteers who have a strong commitment to save lives. To check your blood type in preparation for your transfusion, visit any Healthway Medical clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Shangri-la Plaza, Market! The key to preparing for a disaster is to be prepared for all types of disasters since you don’t know which kind of disaster your area will suffer from. Make sure you store enough drinking water for all members of your household and a few other people.
You need a radio to know how relief efforts are coming along and how you and your family can coordinate with the proper authorities for evacuation, relocation, and other situations. You can’t afford to fail when it comes to disaster preparedness-the stakes are simply too high.
Join a team - Like Body Dynamix or Mike's team and learn all the training, dieting and posing secrets from the experts.A 2. This improvement is partly due to the Canterbury earthquakes that were occurring from September 2010 to March 2011 when the survey was underway. This compares with 86 percent of households with an income between $70,001 and $100,000, 78 percent of those with an income between $30,001 and $70,000, and 69 percent of low income households ($30,000 or less). The survey came out of the field at the end of March 2011, so the results do not reflect the full effect of that earthquake on natural disaster preparations. During the process, certain parts of the blood are delivered through an intravenous (IV) line that’s connected to one of the veins in the arm.
Also, it is a bad idea to store instant ramen or other noodle dishes that require hot water. Diet - About 80 percent of the preparation is a micro managed high protein and low carb diet, consisting of six meals a day.
The survey came out of the field shortly after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, so the results do not reflect the full effect of that earthquake on household preparations.
According to the American Red Cross, only one pint of blood can be donated by a person during transfusion, highlighting the potential imbalance between the need and availability of blood in times of public crises. Your drinking water must be in hard to contaminate containers and must be stored in dry, dark, and cool areas of your home. By packing enough batteries, you get a light source at night as well as a power source for your radio, mobile phones, and other mobile devices.
The Rh factor is identified by the presence (Rh positive) or absence (Rh negative) of a specific antigen in the blood.
Training - Cardio alone will not get results, but a combination of resistance and high intensity interval training will. De Leon added, “In any emergency, people with type O negative red blood cells may transfer their blood to anyone especially during life-threatening situations. If you want to start donating blood, Healthway Medical—the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinic in the Philippines—offers laboratory blood tests to adults to help them identify if they are eligible for transfusion. Posing - Rehearse weekly with your team in front of a mirror that includes half turns and T-walk.

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