Tuning into Disasters (powerpoint ) to get kids thinking and talking about our upcoming unit. This report outlines preparations New Zealand households have made for a natural disaster, using information from the 2010 New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS). 18 percent of households (294,000 homes of 1,634,000 New Zealand homes) met all three requirements for basic preparation (up from 15 percent in 2008).
Households owning their homes were about one and a half times more likely than renting households to have basic preparation (20 percent and 14 percent, respectively) and better preparation (15 percent and 8 percent, respectively) in 2010. Of the 44,000 households in the Wellington region meeting all the requirements for basic preparation, 76 percent owned their homes. More data on preparations for natural disasters is available through the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management’s Get ready get thru campaign research.
The information helps us determine how prepared New Zealand homes are for future natural disasters and how fast they can recover. However, households with the highest incomes ($100,001 or more) had the greatest increase in basic preparation (18 percent, up from 13 percent in 2008). The survey came out of the field at the end of March 2011, so the results do not reflect the full effect of that earthquake on natural disaster preparations. The 2010 NZGSS results show some improvement in household preparation for a natural disaster.


For this report, three levels of natural disaster preparations are used to assess how prepared New Zealand households are for a natural disaster. The proportion of New Zealand homes with basic or better preparation, and damage mitigation, has increased since 2008. Figure 2 shows the proportions of New Zealand homes that had items to help them survive a natural disaster – from the most-common items used in daily life (having warm clothes available, and a can opener) to the least common (having a household emergency plan worked out with family members). More households in the Canterbury and Wellington regions than in other regions met all the requirements for basic preparation.
In 2010, households in the Auckland region remained less likely than households in other regions to have all the items needed for basic preparation (around one in 10 homes being prepared).
Home owners were more prepared for a natural disaster than renters, although the 2010 results show the gap may be closing.
The proportion of renting households with basic preparations increased to 14 percent in 2010, up from 10 percent in 2008. In Wellington and Canterbury, the regions with the largest increase in basic (and better) preparation, over three-quarters of prepared homes were owned by the household.
Of the 62,000 households in the Canterbury region meeting all the requirements for basic preparation, 77 percent owned their homes. The proportion of households with basic preparation and better preparation was similar across income levels in 2010.


One-parent families were more likely to not have met any of the requirements for basic preparation at home (18 percent or 25,000 homes) than couples with dependent children (9 percent or 47,000 homes) or couples without dependent children (6 percent or 29,000 homes).
Of the 25,000 one-parent families without any of the basic requirements, two-thirds (69 percent) were renting their home. The proportion of couples with dependent children that met all the requirements for basic preparation increased to 17 percent (73,000 households), from 13 percent in 2008. The regional breakdowns presented are based on regional council areas, and are grouped where necessary for analysis. It follows a similar report using 2008 NZGSS data (see Natural disaster preparation at home). The proportion of households basically prepared in Canterbury (28 percent or 62,000 homes) nearly doubled from 2008 (15 percent or 32,000 homes).



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