Good and Ready

We’re ready to help when it’s needed most. Make sure you’re good and ready for any emergency too.


Red Cross has been helping Kiwis get through disasters for more than 100 years. From the Hawke’s Bay earthquake to Canterbury and the Edgecumbe flooding, Red Cross has always been there when it’s needed most.

And it’s not just about disasters. Whether it’s teaching lifesaving first aid, supporting community AEDs or helping to grow more resilient neighbourhoods, Red Cross can help you get good and ready for any emergency.

We’re proud to be here for good. No matter what the future brings, Red Cross will be here for you and your family.

Here are some easy ways you can get good and ready:

Learn first aid

The first people on the scene of an accident aren’t doctors – they’re mums and dads, friends and workmates. Would you know how to help?

Learn first aid before you need it and you could save a loved one’s life. Take a first aid course with Red Cross and get the skills you need to make a difference during a medical emergency at home, at work or on holiday. We also offer free courses for schools.

Remember it's always good to have a first aid kit at home, in the car and at work. Red Cross has a great range of high quality first aid kits for every purpose.

Find your nearest AED

Community AEDs save lives. Outdoor defibrillator stations around libraries, schools, shops and sports grounds can be the difference between life and death. Every minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival drops by 10%. 

Red Cross is proud to supply community AEDs and provide training on their use. Get together with your local community group and raise funds for an AED in your neighbourhood or talk to your employer about sponsoring one.

Join a Disaster and Welfare Support Team

Our Disaster Welfare and Support Teams are ready to respond 24/7, so when a disaster does happen, they’ll be there to help you and your family. Our volunteers train regularly, covering everything from ground-level rescue to psychological first aid, so they’re able to assist when it’s needed most.

If you’d like to learn new skills and meet new people, volunteer with your local team and get ready to help during an emergency.

Plan and prepare

When a disaster occurs, you may have to leave home quickly or you may be cut off for several days. Having a plan, preparing enough food and water for at least three days and storing grab and go kits at work and in the car will help ensure you can make it through safely.

Find out what you’ll need at getthru.govt.nz.

Get to know your neighbours

Knowing your neighbours and being socially connected is just as important as having an up-to-date emergency kit. From research, we know that in communities where people are better connected socially, people are more resilient and recover more quickly from an event.

Pop along to a local club, get involved in a community event or join your local Red Cross branch.