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Get Ready Week: Prepared Kids

Get Ready Week is now underway. It's held every year to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October).

It’s an opportunity for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM), Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups, partner agencies and other organisations, to focus on public education and preparedness activities.

The theme for Get Ready Week 2016 is Prepared Kids. We know that when kids are involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about natural hazards, they encourage their families to be more prepared and play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies.

As part of Get Ready Week 2016, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is launching a redeveloped schools resource What’s the Plan Stan? encouraging schools to update their emergency preparedness plans and use the new resource to build resilience as a life skill for their students (see the What’s the Plan Stan? story in this issue).

Bunnings and Sticky TV are partnering to promote Get Ready Week to the public and focusing social media activity for the week on ensuring Kiwi kids are more prepared.

Information and resources for Get Ready Week

Factsheet for schools

Factsheet for businesses

Other Get Ready Week resources

What's the Plan Stan?

The new look What’s the Plan Stan? resource is here! This well-known guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classrooms has been redeveloped in partnership with EQC, and is now online, at

The resource has been expanded to include years 1-3, and features information for school leaders, fact sheets and interactive quizzes, and suggestions for teaching and learning programmes focusing on emergency events and the impacts they could have on your community.

What’s the Plan Stan? and the New Zealand Curriculum

What’s the Plan Stan? aligns with the New Zealand Curriculum’s vision of what we want for young people, particularly regarding them being:

•        confident – resourceful and resilient enough to cope with emergencies

•        connected – aware of hazards around them, and being responsible members of their communities through helping to improve readiness

•        actively involved – participating and contributing to the well-being of New Zealand by being prepared

•        lifelong learners – making informed decisions to keep themselves and others safe from the impacts for emergencies throughout their lives.

Learning areas

What’s the Plan Stan? fits well under the following learning areas:

• Health and Physical Education: Safety Management

• Social Studies: Conceptual strands – Identity, Culture and Organisation; and Continuity and Change

• Science: Nature of Science and Planet Earth and Beyond

Disaster awareness education can be a context for an integrated learning approach, including across other learning areas (English, Mathematics, Technology, The Arts and Learning Languages) and is suitable for use in LEOTC.

Schools can email with the subject “Sign me up for Stan’s News” to find out when new resources are added and when relevant events are coming up (eg World Tsunami Awareness Day 5 November).

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