The information on this page is about knowing what to do if you are faced with a hazard.
A hazard is something that can:
A hazard is also sometimes known as an emergency.
An emergency is when something serious happens that means people need to act quickly to stay safe.
If an emergency happens:
It is not possible to know when an emergency might happen.
There are things we can do to:
The best way to be ready for a hazard is to make a plan.
Having a plan will make it easier for you to know what to do in an emergency.
It is important to practise what you will do in an emergency so you can act quickly to keep yourself safe if it happens.
Practise is when you do something many times so that you can get good at doing it.
There are lots of different types of hazards / emergencies that can happen in New Zealand.
Many different groups of people known as agencies work together to:
There are different agencies for different types of hazards.
The agency that deals with the hazard depends on the type of emergency it is.
Some types of hazards / emergencies need more than 1 agency to support people when the emergency happens.
A pandemic happens when a virus spreads very quickly around:
A virus is something that can make people sick.
A pandemic can make a lot of people very sick very quickly.
The Ministry of Health is the agency in New Zealand that deals with:
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is the agency that deals with fire hazards.
You should call 111 straight away if you see any signs of a fire such as:
Some fires can be caused by things that humans do such as:
Other causes of fires are things like:
A drought is when an area does not have as much water as it should have.
A drought can:
Your local council will be able to give you more information about droughts where you live.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is the agency that deals with droughts.
A criminal act is when a person does something that means they are breaking the law.
Terrorism is when someone who is part of a political group uses violence against others to try and force people to do things.
New Zealand is mostly a safe country
it is not completely free from crime.
The New Zealand Police support people with many different types of emergencies including those that affect New Zealand as a country.
The job of the New Zealand Police is to:
Prevent means to stop something from happening.
It is also important that you:
You should always call 111 if there is a serious risk to any person or property.
Your property could be things like:
You should call 105 to report things that:
The Ministry for Primary Industries is the agency that looks after the biosecurity of New Zealand.
Biosecurity is how we protect a country from living dangers such as:
The Ministry for Primary Industries also makes sure that all our food is safe to eat.
A hazardous substance is any product / chemical that can be:
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is the agency that deals with emergencies caused by hazardous substances.