It has been an emotional and difficult time in New Zealand since the earthquakes on Monday, with thousands of people stranded and the tragic loss of two lives. My thoughts are with those families that are suffering right now as we experience aftershocks and emergency assistance is provided.
It was my first earthquake experience, it was pretty damn scary, and whilst the occasional aftershock rolls in at my home, I have been taking time to familiarise myself with the most important two things each of us in New Zealand right now can do – be PREPARED for aftershocks and ACCEPT however we feel at any given moment.
There is no right or wrong way to feel during a natural disaster and it’s important people feel able to reach out for support when they need it.
Advice on how to reach loved ones from within NZ and overseas can be found here: https://www.redcross.org.nz/stories/new-zealand/red-cross-responding-after-earthquakes/
Advice on preparing an emergency kit and grab bag can be found here: http://getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/
Updates on aftershocks, scenarios and probabilities can be found here: https://www.geonet.org.nz/
Kia kaha everyone and look after each other.