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MCDEM and EQC join forces to educate Kiwi kids

Kiwi kids will be better prepared for emergencies thanks to a new teaching resource developed by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) and EQC.

EQC and MCDEM have redeveloped and modernised What’s the Plan Stan, the well-known guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classrooms.

Ian Simpson says the Commission is delighted to work with the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management on the new “What’s the Plan Stan” national schools resource. “Our messages really complement and reinforce each other and this is an exciting initiative,” he says.

“We share the goal of helping people prepare for and recover from the emergencies that are inevitable in a geologically active country like New Zealand and the education of our children is crucial to improving resilience.”

Initially developed in 2009, the redeveloped resource has been moved onlineand expanded to include years 1-3, meaning it now caters for years 1-7. It features information for school leaders, fact sheets and interactive quizzes, and suggestions for teaching and learning programmes focusing on emergency events and the impacts they could have on communities.

The new What’s the Plan, Stan? Is now available online at

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