Sight Impairment

People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others if they have to evacuate or go to an unfamiliar Civil Defence Centre. If you have a guide dog, make sure you have a getaway kit for your dog with food, medications, vaccination records, identification and harnesses to take with you. Keep extra canes at home and in the workplace even if you use a guide dog. Be aware that animals may become confused or disoriented in an emergency. Trained service animals will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners. Check with your local council for more information.

Audio information on the hazards we face in New Zealand and advice on what to do to be better prepared is available here.

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