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.

The information in this website will help you learn about the disasters that can affect you and what you can do to be prepared before they happen. And knowing what to do during and after these disasters will also 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.



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 in your White Pages for a local First Aid Course provider for more information.

Page reviewed: 31 Oct 2018 9:09am