Checking your property after a major incident
A step-by-step guidance for how to approach your school property after a major incident.
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Schools are required to follow emergency procedures after an incident. If schools are going to make an insurance claim, they must contact their Property Advisor in advance of undertaking any repairs on their property.
- Step 1: Schools and ECEs must visually check buildings and grounds
- Step 2: Property professionals may organise urgent repairs
- Step 3: Property professionals may engage an engineer
- Step 4: Schools organises non urgent repairs
- Step 5: Schools may make an insurance claim
- Further information
Step 1 — Schools and ECEs must visually check buildings and grounds
After a major incident such as an adverse weather event or earthquake, a school or ECE representative must visually check the school buildings for any signs of damage before the school can open. If schools are concerned about buildings after this check, they must contact a property professional (see Step 2).
Use the Emergency Response Checklist [DOCX, 131 KB] to note areas with damage.
Schools may need to isolate unsafe buildings and grounds.
Step 2 — Property professional may organise urgent repairs
What is a property professional?
A property professional is either:
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• Your Local Ministry offices can help arrange a property professional to look at school buildings.
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A property professional can organise urgent repairs for things like:
The property professional will organise an engineering check if needed (see Step 3).
If anyone identifies an urgent health and safety issue at your school, you must get it resolved immediately.
Step 3 — Property professional may engage an engineer
There's a limited number of structural engineers, and after a major incident like an earthquake they'll need to prioritise their workload to concentrate on buildings which have the highest risk.
The Ministry can assist with arranging an engineer to survey school buildings.
Buildings over 2 storeys
School buildings which are over 2 storeys and of heavy construction are checked by structural engineers after every significant earthquake as a precaution.
A structural engineer will do a thorough survey if requested by a property professional.
Step 4 — School organises non-urgent repairs
Find further detailed information on the Maintenance, repairs and security page.
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Contact a property advisor
If the damage is not causing an immediate hazard, email your property advisor with details of the damage including:
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Step 5 — School may make an insurance claim
If you're going to make an insurance claim, you must contact us before you make any repairs.
Find out about the School Building Insurance Funding Programme and how to apply.
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