What to do in an emergency

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.


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

Immediately after an emergency

What to do when the initial threat of danger (earthquake, tsunami, flood etc.) has passed.

Pandemic influenza

When a strain of the flu virus becomes highly contagious, it can spread quickly and easily around the world, causing high rates of illness and death.