If you are an Aucklander who uses a wheelchair or are close to someone who does, this site has been designed to increase your resilience in the unlikely occurrence of an emergency. You'll also find useful stuff if you don't live in Auckland!
The term ‘resilience’ was first used in psychology to describe the ability to cope with or ‘bounce back’ from adversity and trauma.
There are many ways to be prepared for an uncertain situation like an emergency or natural disaster. It can be overwhelming for anyone and using a wheelchair just makes it harder to know what to do.
Below are five things you can do easily to increase your confidence that, if the worst thing did happen, you'd be prepared and more likely to ride it through. We suggest you aim to do the three things you think would be most useful for you and your family.
Stay informed and find out more
Download our useful apps below – they offer information on public transport disruptions, first aid, defibrillator locations, weather and other warnings.
There are also resources on this site to give you more information about emergency situations.
Know where you can go if you need to leave home
Decide with friends and family on a place you can stay if your home is damaged (your Plan B!)
In some emergencies, Civil Defence Centres will be opened. Your nearest centre may not be open due to safety requirements, in some cases, it may be safer to stay where you are.
During an emergency check Auckland Emergency Management Facebook and Twitter pages for information about where to go. If you can stay with friends and family, do so.
Have a conversation
Talk with at least three people who you trust – a member of your household, friend, neighbour, support worker, colleague or family member. It doesn't have to be a big deal – something like:
"I've been thinking about what would happen if there was an emergency. I know it's unlikely, but would you be agreeable to checking that I'm ok or could I call you?"
Remember, it may not be possible to contact people if mobile phones or powered landline units are not available. Include a contact that is far enough away that they are unlikely to be affected by the same emergency.
Working in partnership with emergency services and other organisations to ensure the effective delivery of civil defence and emergency management within its area.
These apps offer information on public transport disruptions, first aid, defibrillator locations, weather and other warnings. Access them via the links below or search Google Play or the Apple App store on your smartphone, tablet or iPad.
This app helps you find your way around the city’s public transport network. It also provides important notifications in the event of a disruption.