Contrary to what many people believe, there is no Civil Defence Army that will come to your aid. Emergency services will be heavily strained and won’t be able to respond to everyone immediately.
Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household for at least seven days. The most immediate source of aid will be your community and the preparedness actions you took before an event.
Here are some things you can do:
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.
The best place you can be during an emergency is in your own home. Wellington homes are built to a very resilient standard and few homes are expected to suffer significant damage in any earthquake.
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.