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Emergency Management

Staff and students could be at school for 3 days, maybe more. In a major event while people can rely on emergency services and civil defence to do their job, the reality is that this demand is likely to be overwhelming for all agencies in the immediate aftermath of an event. It could be up to three days before essential services such as water, power and telecommunications are restored, and damaged infrastructure (roads, rail, bridges) repaired. This is when individuals and communities are most vulnerable and it is essential that they plan to be able to look after themselves for at least three days. Here at Ridgway we are committed to keeping everyone safe, we do this by having resources available (food, water, staff).


Food Collection, Storage and Cycling Procedure

The school has 2 types of food supplies as part of the Emergency Management Plan. There is a whole school supply kept in a single secure location and classroom supplies (individual snack bags), stored in each classroom. We involve our parent community to help with the emergency food supplies.


Whole School Food Supply

Every two years we as families for 2 food items. These food items will be included in the stationery list for every child asking for specific items:

1 can item - Spaghetti, Baked Beans, Creamed Corn, or Fruit...

1 packet item - a box of Muesli Bars, a big box of Raisins or a box of Barley Sugars...

These food items will be given to a food bank after two years, or kept if they have not expired.


Individual Student Emergency Snack Bag

Every child receives a named plastic bag at the beginning of the year (or when they start) this is to be used for emergency snack food for your child. This bag will be given to your child if you are delayed in picking them up from school after an emergency event.

Things to consider:

All food items must:

  • last at least 12 months
  • fit into the bag
  • be something your child will want to eat

The bottle of water must be:

  • unopened/sealed
  • 750ml or smaller

These items will stay in a secure location within the classroom until the end of the year, and then they will be given back to the students on the last day of school.


Water Supply

We have a range of water containers full of water and our new sandpit water tank.


Common Questions and Answers

What happens to my child while at school during an earthquake?Students at Ridgway school are taught earthquake safety response procedures. Teachers practise these procedures regularly throughout the year.

What happens to my child in case of fire at the school?Students at this school are taught fire safety procedures. Teachers practise these procedures regularly throughout the year.

What about other emergencies?

The school has the necessary policies and procedures in place to meet the safety requirements of the Education, Civil Defence and Health and Safety in Employment Acts.
We have staff at our school that hold a current first aid qualification and are able to assist anyone injured until professional medical assistance arrives.
Should the school for safety reasons decide to close early, students will not be released except to a parent/caregiver or other approved adult (this information is on the Emergency Contact List form, that is completed by you every year). It is vital that you do not leave the school grounds with your child until they have been released to you by their teacher.
Should the school be required to evacuate to another location, every effort will be made to advise parents/caregivers through the media and other means of the new location. Students will not be released except to a parent/caregiver or other approved adult.


In the event of an emergency:

Do not panic!! Staff know what to do. Children will be looked after until they are collected. Try not to use the phone as this ties up the lines for emergency calls.
Do not take risks on the road trying to reach the school until you know it is safe to travel. Listen to your radio for road reports and advice from the emergency services and/or Civil Defence.
Read the back of the Yellow Pages for more information.

Contact Anneleah Thornburrow (Emergency Plan Co-ordinator) with questions or ideas: anneleah@ridgway.school.nz or call 939 8771.



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