Hawkes Bay is a fantastic region to live in and to visit, but like the rest of New Zealand, things can get a bit crazy.… severe weather, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami can all happen (hopefully not all at once!) which could make it difficult to get around, to communicate with family and friends and to access everyday necessities.
In an emergency people generally need two things – contact with others and information. In an emergency people will check on each other and share resources. Knowing a variety of people in your local and wider community will make you able to manage better in an emergency. Find out more in our community section
Talk with your family and friends, and work out what you’ll do in emergency situations. Talk about what you will do, and how you’ll communicate.
In an emergency you could be stuck at home for three days or more. You probably have what you will need already, and you don’t have to have everything all in one place, but you might have to find things in a hurry and/or in the dark.
Find out more about emergency supplies and getaway bags.
There are simple things you can do around your home to help prevent damage and injury during an emergency such as an earthquake, flood, etc.
Some homes are more disaster prone than others. Those near water could flood. Those near heavily wooded areas may face fire risk. Follow this simple check list to get you started and find more detailed advice under the hazards listed.
Do you have adequate insurance? Find out here. EQC insurance cover is only available to those with insurance that also covers fire insurance.
Our number one hazard in Hawke’s Bay is earthquakes so everyone needs to know what to do. The correct action is drop, cover and hold.
If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone and feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more, move away form the coast immediately. Find out more about tsunami here.
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