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An illustrated step-by-step earthquake planning guide.

Your Earthquake Planning Guide

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO)

Wellington is a pretty wild place to live, and a large number of households are not sufficiently prepared for an emergency event.

The guide is designed to be easy to understand and accessible to a wide audience, including people whose first language may not be English. Illustrations demonstrate the steps so that the words do not necessarily need to be read for them to understand the action to take.

WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide
WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide

The illustrative approach used for the guide makes the information friendlier to access, rather than seeming authoritative, to encourage engagement with the content.

Illustration from the WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide
WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide

The guide uses a bright, friendly colour palette, with a modern, readable font. Colour is used to separate out the time blocks which lead the audience through the guide to complete the steps. Simple infographics are used to highlight important information and draw the audience’s attention to these.

The guide’s illustrative, colourful and accessible style is designed for the audience to have maximum engagement with the guide in order for them to become prepared by actually completing the steps in the guide.

Illustration from the WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide tear-out section

The guide won the EMPA Award for Excellence in Emergency Communication in the Readiness & Resilience category.

Illustration from the WREMO Earthquake Planning Guide