Emergency grab bag buckets snapped up on Wellington campus

Campus Emergency Management team members Ruth Bulger (left) and Paula Andrade prepare ahead of the arrival of students to collect their emergency grab bag buckets.

Emergency supply grab bags, in the shape of 50 free plastic buckets, were in high demand at the Wellington campus O Week clubs day as staff from the campus emergency management team raised awareness about being prepared in the event of an earthquake.

Inside each bucket was information on how much water was needed to help get you through an emergency, a leaflet on how to plan for an earthquake and a Massey emergency contacts card. More than 200 students participated in the draw for prizes of full kit worth $130 as well as two transistor radios.

The contents of the kit and some trick items were laid out on the table. Students were asked to list the three most non-essential, or nice to have but not necessary, items on the table that they would want to put in such an emergency grab kit. 

Campus health and safety emergency management adviser Jo Fox says the engagement was extremely high with most students taking quite some time to make their choices.  The most commonly selected least essential items were ear buds and soap, though some people thought they wouldn’t cope without coffee!



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