If you have a disability or any requirements that may put you at greater risk in an emergency, follow these steps to get ready.
In an emergency, civil defence and emergency services will be busy helping the people who need them most. It’s up to you to get ready. That may mean having things like medical supplies or backup power systems for three days or more.
How will an emergency affect you? What if the roads and shops are closed? What if there is no power, water, phone or interne? What if you have to leave home in a hurry?
Talk with your household and your support network about:
Think about what you will do if:
Make a plan to get through emergency. You should decide what you will be able to do for yourself and what help you may need before, during and after an emergency.
Make a list of your personal needs and your resources for meeting them in an emergency. An emergency can change your ability to deal with your environment. It's important you plan for your lowest level of functioning.
Make sure you're familiar with the plans for your work, school or any other places you spend a lot of time. If your work or school's current plan doesn't make arrangements for disabled people, make sure management knows your needs.
Build a support team of people who will help you in an emergency, before you need them. In an emergency, you may need to ask for help to do the things you usually do independently.
The first people to help in an emergency are often your neighbours, friends, caregivers and co-workers. They should be people who are often in the same area as you.
Get to know your neighbours. Share contact details so you can get in touch if an emergency happens. Tell them about your emergency plan and ask about their plans.
Do not depend on one person. That person may not be able to contact you or be available when you need them.
Your support network can help you get ready for an emergency. For example, they can help you check your home or workplace to make sure it is safe and suitable.
Build a support team at each place where you spend a large part of your day. Talk with your support team about your emergency plan. This can help your network members learn the best way to help you and give you other ideas to think about.
Practice your plan with your support network. Include how you will Drop, Cover and Hold in an earthquake and how you will evacuate if you are in a tsunami or flood zone.
Agree on how you will contact each other during an emergency. How will you contact each other if internet and phone lines are down?
Get your network to check on you immediately if you are is advised to evacuate.
In an emergency, roads and shops could close for days. Make sure you have supplies for at least three days. Include any medicine or special equipment you may need.
If you use a walker or wheelchair, Lock, Cover and Hold.
LOCK your wheels (if applicable). If using a walker carefully get as low as possible.
Bend over and COVER your head and neck as best you can.
Then HOLD on until the shaking stops.
Download and print these posters in English on what to do in an earthquake. Put them up in your home, school, work or community space.
Remember to Drop, Cover and Hold in an earthquake. If you use a walker or wheelchair, Lock, Cover and Hold.
Find your local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.
Deaf Aotearoa have services available for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Watch New Zealand Sign Language videos on hazards and emergencies in New Zealand.
Watch these New Zealand Sign Language videos on hazards and emergencies in New Zealand.
You may have to depend on others if you have to evacuate or go to an unfamiliar Civil Defence Centre.
If you have an assistance dog, such as a guide dog, certify it with an authorised organisation, such as Blind Low Vision NZ.
Get a Disability Assist Dog identification tag. This is a unique tag worn by a certified dog for easy identification of Disability Assist Dog status. Make sure your dog is wearing its identification tag at all times. The tag gives service dogs access to civil defence centres in an emergency. It also supports rapid reunification if you and your dog are separated.
Plan for your dog. Have a grab bag for your dog with food, medications, vaccination records, identification and harnesses.
Make sure your dog knows the people in your support network. This will make it easier for your dog to accept care from someone other than you.
If you use a cane, Drop, Cover and Hold or sit on a chair, bed, etc. and cover your head and neck with both hands.
Keep your cane near you so you can use it when the shaking stops.
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind has advice on earthquake preparedness for people who are blind or have a visual impairment.
Listen to audio recordings about the hazards we face in New Zealand and emergency preparedness.
Listen to these audio recordings for people with sight impairment about emergency preparedness.
Listen to these audio recordings for people with sight impairment about different hazards.
Listen to these audio recordings about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in (Farsi) فارسی about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in हिन्दी (Hindi) about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in 日本語 (Japanese) about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in 한국어 (Korean) about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in 简体中文 (Simplified Chinese) about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in नेपाली (Nepali) about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in Gagana Samoa (Samoan) about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in Tagalog about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Listen to these audio recordings in Te Reo Māori about how to get prepared for an emergency.
Find advice in عربي (Arabic) for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in Te Reo Māori for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in हिन्दी (Hindi) for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in 한국어 (Korean) for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in Gagana Samoa for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in 简体中文 (Simplified Chinese) for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan) for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Find advice in 繁體中文 (Traditional Chinese) for disabled people on Get Ready, Get Thru.
Download, print and share our Drop, Cover and Hold posters showing what to do in an earthquake. Remember to Drop, Cover and Hold, or if you use a walker or wheelchair, Lock, Cover and Hold.