Be prepared to cope on your own for up to three days, or more.
Everyone will be affected by a disaster, including the rescuers that we rely on. Immediately after an event, emergency services and Civil Defence Emergency Management staff will have to respond to the most critical demands. Hampered by damage to roads, bridges and railway lines, and services means they may not get to everyone who needs help as quickly as is perhaps needed. It could be several days or longer before aid is delivered or services can be temporarily restored.