The consumer organisation Consumer NZ has labelled many of the pre-made emergency kits sold in New Zealand a 'disaster'.
Recently, it tested seven "getaway" kits marketed as containing most of what you'll need to survive for three days when you have to evacuate your home in a hurry and found that most lacked key items, contained poor-quality gear or cost too much.
With some commercial kits costing $200 and up, we find out it's easy to assemble your own survival 'grab bag'.
So what do you need and how much will it cost?
George Block of consumer.org.nz runs through an emergency checklist and discusses how every household should prepare for a natural disaster.
Consumer NZ suggests the following items for an ideal emergency grab-bag: torch, radio, spare batteries, hand sanitiser, cash, photo ID, and other important documents, walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat and hat, first aid kit, prescription medicine (if required), water, snack food, rain poncho, thick gloves, dust mask, hygiene items (e.g. tissues, wet wipes, toothbrush/paste).
- Consumer NZ's review of emergency survival kits.
- 'Make a plan' on the Ministry of Civil Defence website will generate a PDF for your household