Ranui family all ready for the big one…if it ever comes
John said camping gear doubles as the emergency kit and two large plastic containers hold essential supplies.
The family’s emergency kit includes dry food goods like rice and pasta; tins of fruit and vegetables and fish; gas cooking equipment with spare canisters and extra mantles for the lamp; batteries for the torch and radio; can opener; bottled water.
Mrs Gallagher (right) said she made sure their smartphones were charged and she kept up to date with information from Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office.
She also posted advice on the Ranui Residents Association’s Facebook page.
Shortly after the quake, she went to her neighbour’s house to see if he was all right.
Looking after neighbours, in particular the elderly and the disabled, is what being part of the community all about, she said.
Mrs Gallagher, 32, who has lived in Ranui for more than five years, said Sunday’s quake was not the first big one she had felt in Porirua, but it was the biggest.
“I think, the bigger it is, the more serious I take it.”
Mr Solouota, 30, has lived all his life in Wellington and had never felt anything like it: “I felt the floorboards rolling.”
He froze at the thought of his daughter who was at the local pool with friends, and he then made sure she was okay with a phone call before turning to the quake kit.
“I got the emergency gear ready, thinking of the next one.”