We were very fortunate last week’s monumental shake off Dusky Sound did no more than give quite a few of us a fright.

Damage was minimal considering the magnitude of the big quake.  A fright like that reminds us all that we’re at the mercy of the earth from time to time.

The latest Ministry of Civil Defence survey indicates that while 80% of Kiwis reported they have a good understanding of the potential impacts of a disaster, 41% said they have water and survival items prepared. However, overall only one in every 10 New Zealanders (10%) said they are fully prepared.

If anything, last week’s big shake up should have us all following the Civil Defence emergency plan and preparing a household emergency kit – you can find a copy here.  Get ready now, get through any future disaster.