Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life. Find out what to do before, during and after flooding.
In New Zealand, we have a lot of natural hazards. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, severe weather, tsunami, volcanic activity, and other hazards can happen any time and often without warning.
Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life.
You can reduce the impacts of floods by finding out what the flood risk is in your area. Your local council may have resources and information on how to reduce potential flood damage.
You should also review your insurance regularly. Having insurance cover for your home and contents is important to help you get back on your feet if you suffer damage in a disaster.
Get ready before a flood.
Make a plan online with your whānau to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn't have them.
In an emergency, you may be stuck at home for three days or more. Your house is already full of emergency items disguised as everyday things. Figure out what supplies you need and make a plan to get through.
Know what to do during a flood.
Put safety first. Don’t take any chances. Act quickly if you see rising water.
Floods and flash floods can happen quickly. If you see rising water do not wait for official warnings. Head for higher ground and stay away from floodwater.
Never try to walk, swim or drive through flood water. Many flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water.
Always assume that flood water is contaminated with farm run-off, chemicals and sewage. Contaminated flood water can make you sick. Make sure you wash your hands, clothes and property after contact with flood waters.
If flooding is possible, stay informed. Follow your Civil Defence Emergency Management Group online.
Find your local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.
After a flood, stay away from damaged areas. You might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and be at further risk from the residual effects of floods.
If your property is damaged:
Rapua ētahi atu mōhiohio mō te tiaki i te haumaru o tō kai ki te pae tukutuku a Manatū Ahu Matua.