Join LEARNZ for What`s the plan, Stan? - getting ready for an emergency.

What will you do in an emergency? You probably already know to "Drop, Cover and Hold" during an earthquake. But as a citizen of New Zealand, we all need to know more about the six natural hazards that cause emergencies - floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes and landslides. More importantly, we need to know about the six impacts - Stuck at home, Can't get home, Have to evacuate, No power, No water, No phone or internet.

During this virtual field trip find out about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards. Explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into

  • the What's the Plan, Stan? resources for schools
  • why it is important for all New Zealanders to be prepared for an emergency
  • the six types of natural hazards that cause emergencies in New Zealand
  • New Zealand's history of emergencies and why we should know about them
  • the risk of an emergency where you live
  • the six impacts of an emergency
  • how to prepare your family for an emergency
  • how to prepare your home for an emergency
  • what you should do in an emergency and how you can minimise the impacts and cope
  • who has special requirements during an emergency and how they can be helped
  • the relationship between citizenship and emergencies caused by natural hazards
  • EQC - the Earthquake Commission
  • MCDEM - Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

During this field trip you can

  • see Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • get an overview of the field trip location and think about Never Happens? Happens
  • go to field trip locations to see what could happen in a tsunami and work out evacuation strategies
  • inspect landslips in the field trip locations to see what happened and why
  • go to places in the field trip locations that have been affected by floods and storms and see what has changed
  • look for evidence of volcanic eruptions in the field trip locations
  • see What's the Plan, Stan? in action at a local school
  • talk to local school students to find out what they know about preparing for emergencies
  • visit the in the field trip locations' Emergency Operations Centre
  • talk to people involved in emergency management from national and local government, Red Cross, Police and GeoNet
  • unpack the 4 R's - Reduction, Readiness and Response, Recovery
  • create or update an emergency plan for your home
  • create or update emergency supplies for your home
  • create or update portable emergency supplies
  • find out how to secure furniture and other items around your home
  • put a record on social media of one action you have taken, such as a photo of your emergency supplies
  • share one experience of an extreme natural event
  • follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip

After the field trip, challenge yourself to

  • add an annual check of your home's emergency plan to your (online) calendar
  • check the preparedness for an emergency of one other person in your extended family or an elderly person that you know
  • stay informed by bookmarking web sites, such as your local CDEM Facebook page and your local council's Facebook page
  • stay informed by adding apps to your smartphone, such as Red Cross Hazards and GeoNet

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 1-5, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 1-5
Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 1-3
Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-5, Place and Environment Levels 1-5, Continuity and Change Levels 1-5

For further information:

Find out more

The Hub is inundated with natural hazards resources, check out introductory articles on: Earthquakes, On shaky ground (primary), Volcanoes and Tsunamis to see just some of our many resources. Alternatively see our earthquakes, volcanoes or tsunami topics. 
For disaster response activities, check out: Who's on your team? and Home disaster kit.


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