Get Ready Week

This year during Get Ready Week  Massey University is reminding staff and students about how the University will communicate with them during and following an emergency.

During an emergency, the University will use the following channels to communicate with staff, students and the wider community:

This year’s Get Ready Week, which is an annual Civil Defence initiative aimed at creating nationwide awareness around a particular emergency management theme, occurs from October 9 to 15 and the theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.

Have you downloaded ping4alerts!? This app-based system allows the University to send alerts to tablet and smartphone users, within a specific geographic location who have installed the app on their device. Find out more at

How prepared is your Department/College/School to continue operation following an emergency?

All Departments/Colleges/Schools are encouraged to identify how prepared your team is to continue its key functions following, for example, a major earthquake. The Christchurch experience showed that it is difficult to communicate with staff following emergency events, and we cannot assume that we will be able to continue our business operations from our primary worksites, even after the main impact is over.

Now is a good time for Departments and Schools to review or develop telephone trees (or identify other ways of communicating with their staff following emergency events); for staff to update their emergency contact information under My Details in MyHR; and to develop and test business continuity plans.

Information on how to develop Business Continuity Plans is located on the Risk Management Webpages

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