If you are blind or have a visual impairment, plan for how an emergency might affect you. Find advice and audio information.

Be prepared if you have to evacuate

You may have to depend on others if you have to evacuate or go to an unfamiliar Civil Defence Centre.

  • If you have a guide dog, make sure you have a grab bag for them with food, medications, vaccination records, identification and harnesses.
  • Keep extra canes at home and in the workplace, even if you use a guide dog. Animals may become confused or disoriented in an emergency.
  • Trained service animals can stay in emergency shelters with their owners. 
Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind logo

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind has advice on earthquake preparedness for people who are blind or have a visual impairment.

spec-blind-earthquake-info-en-jan16.docx docx 174 KB

Audio files about hazards and what to do to be better prepared

Listen to audio recordings about the hazards we face in New Zealand and emergency preparedness.

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Listen to these audio recordings for people with sight impairment about emergency preparedness.

01-spec-blind-introduction-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 139 KB
02-spec-blind-get-ready-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 61 KB
03-spec-blind-emergency-planning-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 811 KB
04-spec-blind-survival-items-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 966 KB
05-spec-blind-evacuation-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 732 KB
06-spec-blind-disabilities-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 1.1 MB
07-spec-blind-pets-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 445 KB
08-spec-blind-storing-water-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 557 KB
09-spec-blind-car-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 192 KB
10-spec-blind-business-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 349 KB
11-spec-blind-contact-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 226 KB
12-spec-blind-radio-stations-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 186 KB
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Listen to these audio recordings for people with sight impairment about different hazards.

01-spec-blind-learn-about-disasters-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 32 KB
02-spec-blind-flood-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 871 KB
03-spec-blind-storms-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 1.4 MB
04-spec-blind-earthquake-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 1.3 MB
05-spec-blind-tsunami-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 1.4 MB
06-spec-blind-volcano-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 1.3 MB
07-spec-blind-landslide-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 686 KB
08-spec-blind-other-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 198 KB
09-spec-blind-emergency-checklist-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 783 KB
10-spec-blind-emergency-plan-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 537 KB
11-spec-blind-closing-announcement-audio-en-jan16.mp3 mp3 177 KB
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Listen to these audio recordings about how to get prepared for an emergency.

earthquake-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 2.6 MB
evacuation-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 3.3 MB
neighbours-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 2 MB
school-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 2.3 MB
tsunami-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 1.7 MB
water-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 2.9 MB
why-prepare-audio-en-oct19.wav wav 2.1 MB