What to do in an emergency

Disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods and storms can strike at any time, sometimes without warning. All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives.

Many disasters will affect essential services and possibly disrupt your ability to travel or communicate with each other. You may be confined to your home, or forced to evacuate your neighbourhood. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, emergency services will not be able to get help to everyone as quickly as needed. This is when you are likely to be most vulnerable. So it is important to plan to look after yourself and your loved ones for at least three days or more in the event of a disaster.

Knowing what to do during and after these disasters will help you and your loved ones keep safe and get through.

Learn about disasters in New Zealand

Click on a 'type' of disaster to learn more about what to do before, during and after.

Volcano.   Earthquake.   Storms.   Landslide.   Tsunami.   Flood.

Listen to your radio

In an emergency or Civil Defence event, we recommend you tune into one of the radio stations listed below to receive up-to-date messages and information.

​National Radio
​FM 101.0
​MoreFM​FM 93.6
​Classic Hits
​FM 96.8
​Newstalk ZB
​FM 96.0
​Tuwharetoa FM
​FM 97.6
​The Edge
​FM 88.8
​Timeless Taupo
​FM 106.4

Learn First Aid

When an disaster strikes, essential services such as the Ambulance Service may not be able to get to sick and injured people as quickly as they normally can. Look in your White Pages for a local First Aid course provider for more information.



Page reviewed: 09 May 2017 10:58am