From the beginning of mankinds time on earth, humans have tried to build homes that would keep their families safe. From caves to small huts to castles and underground bunkers, humans have continued to strive for safety.
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The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the word prepper, is the "Doomsday Prepper" TV shows that were made in good ole USA. However most Kiwi preppers are not in fact preparing for the end of the world or a Zombie appocolypse. There are some hard-core preppers out there, but most preppers in New Zealand are ordinary Kiwi's doing their best to provide a safe and healthy home and environment for themselves and their families. And just like you and your family should be, they are into being prepared for your everyday common type disaster, and in New Zealand we have plenty to prepare for.
Preparing Your Home Against Disasters
Your home is the safest place to be in most emergencies. Although we all have visions of making a run for it into the hills somewhere there are going to be many issues to face. Take Auckland as an example. During peak hour traffic and at holiday times particularly, when 20% or so of the population are trying to leave town at the same time, the roads are totally congested. What are they going to be like if everyone tries to leave. And even if you make it to your bach or favourite hidaway will you and your family be able to manage.
What to Tell Your Children about Disasters
It is important to warn children, without overly alarming them, about disasters. Tell children that a disaster is something that could hurt people or cause damage. Explain that nature sometimes provides “too much of a good thing” – fire, rain, or wind. Talk about things that could happen during a storm, like the fact that the lights or phone might not work. Tell children there are many people who can help them during a disaster, so that they will not be afraid of firemen, policemen, paramedics, or other emergency officials.
Storing and Preserving Food
The object of food preservation, aside from storing your foods and making them last longer, is to prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast and fungi. If food is not preserved correctly it can cause botulism and other sickness that you don't want to experience.I will discuss a few different ways to preserve foods, but the way you choose to do this is up to you and may require more research on your part. Here are different methods of preserving food for you to choose from. Home storage should consist of a year’s supply of basic food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel.
Protect your Home and Family
From the beginning of mankinds time on earth, humans have tried to build a home that would keep their families safe. From caves to small huts to castles with moats and now underground bunkers humans have continued to strive for safety. The threats could be from burglars, rioters or a home invasion. They could be child predators, crazy ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, even ex-partners. It could be someone you know or a complete stranger. Regardless of the threat, an ideal home is one that is secure and can keep you and your family safe.

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Coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing. It’s of the utmost importance that we try to remain as composed as we can during this time and it is crucial that everyone has access to mental health resources. This UK based website provides information to help guide us through this unsettling time in caring for our mental health.
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Many families have had their lives changed forever by disasters in New Zealand in recent years. Having a survival plan could go a long way to helping your family during and after a disaster in New Zealand. Learn how to prepare your home and family for survival in a disaster in New Zealand.