The extent of what we might need to deal with and the consequences from the event might vary but our preparedness to handle the situation may be increased if we have better knowledge and understanding of the event.


Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time. Knowing what to do during an earthquake can help protect you and your property.

Tsunami evacuation zones and routes

You may have to evacuate your home or workplace in a hurry during a tsunami warning. Do you know what to do? Find out if you’re in a tsunami evacuation zone and how to evacuate safely.


Floods are New Zealand’s most common hazard in terms of frequency, losses and declared civil defence emergencies.