Civil Defence warnings are already in place so it's time to make sure you're prepared. There may be power outages. The former Local Board worked with Civil Defence to make sure all households have a brochure telling them how best to prepare for an emergency such as this. Those who've lived on the island for a while know the drill. Essentials include making sure you've got plenty of drinking water and an emergency store of water either by filling a bath or several large buckets. Lighting will fail without power so make sure you've got torches, batteries, candles and matches. You should have food stocks for three days but, if not, go out now and get supplies.Go to the Get Ready Get Thru website now to learn more about being prepared. Waiheke has a Neighbourhood Response Plan so make sure you're familiar with it.
Fortunately, most will be able to get to and from work today but only essential travel should be undertaken over the weekend. It looks like it's going to be a wild ride.