From storing up on essential supplies of food and water to making sure you have enough warm clothes, there are a host of simple things you can do to prepare for an emergency.
A good starting point is having enough supplies to look after yourself and your family for up to least seven days.
The most immediate source of help after a disaster will be the steps you took to prepare before an emergency event.
Here are some things you can do:
The best place you can be during an emergency is in your own home:
Get Ready week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October). There is a different theme each year.
The Government also launched a new emergency mobile alerting service on 26 November 2017 to keep you informed in an emergency. This system will use cell broadcast technology to send messages to enabled phones, so alerts can be targeted to specific locations. Check to see if your phone can receive Emergency Mobile Alerts.
The alert messages can only be sent by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups, NZ Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Find out what’s going on
The radio station frequencies for Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua are:
Keep out of flood water – don’t attempt to walk or drive through a flooded area. Phone us to report any flooding problems: (04) 237 5089.
Rural or urban fire: Phone 111 and ask for Fire.
Hazardous substance: Phone 111 and ask for Fire.
Transport accident: Phone 111.
Public health hazard: Phone us: (04) 237 5089.