What to do in an emergency

​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.

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.

​In an emergency - Get Ready - Emergency preparedness in New Zealand 


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

​The Breeze
​99.4 FM
​National Radio
​101.0 FM
​More FM
​92.2 FM
​Radio Live
​100.2 FM
​Classic Hits
​98.6 FM
​Newstalk ZB
​97.0 FM


When an disaster strikes, essential services like the Ambulance Service may not be able to get to sick and injured people as quick as they normally can outside of the disaster. Look online or contact your local Red Cross or St John brance for a local First Aid Course provider for more information.

Page reviewed: 15 Mar 2022 10:28am