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The information in the Lifestyle Block Emergency Preparedness Handbook has been developed by organisations who understand rural emergencies.

Preparing your lifestyle block for emergencies

Emergencies can happen at any time and when you live on a lifestyle property, you might have to deal with them on your own until outside help arrives.

Whether it is managing water on your property or dealing with infectious diseases or natural hazards- we have got you sorted!

Check out New Zealand's first lifestyle block emergency preparedness handbook. Developed specifically to help lifestyle block owners and residents prepare for, get through, and recover from an emergency. 

Follow the step-by-step advice with links to essential resources and prepare your emergency plan to keep you, your whānau and your animals safe.

Get your emergency preparedness handbook

What a lifestyle block owner says about the handbook

“We do need to be self-sufficient. The handbook gives you really useful tips.

It gets you to think about things you might not have thought of before. It helps you get prepared in the worst case."

- Nicole Harre, Lifestyle block owner

Find all the information you need right here to get prepared for any emergency event

Winging it in an emergency won’t help you or your whānau. Time is of the essence, so if you have a solid plan already in place, and know what to do, you have a better chance of getting through it and recovering faster. The handbook provides specific guidance on how to prepare for an emergency, what to do and who to reach out to.


"A rural lifestyle comes with challenges and being prepared for those challenges is critical."

- Auckland Emergency Management (AEM)


"The practical and simple steps give lifestyle block owners a high level of reassurance."

- Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)


"A lot of great information that can make a significant difference in the event of an emergency."

- Farmer’s Mutual Group (FMG)


"Packed full of essential fire information and links to resources and more."

- Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ)

Lifestyle Block Emergency Preparedness Handbook

This handbook gives you practical, detailed information on how to prepare, plan and recover from emergencies. You’ll learn how to make your property more resilient to emergency events, with step-by-step advice on how to make an emergency plan and what to do in specific events.

Living on a lifestyle block gives you the space to live the way you’d like to, but it does come with added responsibilities and potential hazards. This handbook gives you detailed advice on how to prepare for an emergency, what to do and who to reach out to. Now’s the time to create a detailed emergency plan to keep you, your whānau and animals safe. You’ll find all the help you need right here.