In an emergency, some houses, streets and neighbourhoods may not be safe to stay in and you may have to leave home in a hurry.

If your street is evacuated where will you go? What will you take? What about pets? Do you have neighbours who might need your help?

Top tips

Pack a grab bag

Have a grab bag ready for everyone in your household. It should have warm clothes, a bottle of water, snacks, copies of important documents, and photo ID. Remember any medications you may need. Keep your first aid kit, torch, radio and batteries somewhere you can grab them in a hurry.

Work out what supplies you need

Decide where you will go

Decide where you will go (and make sure everyone in your household knows, in case you’re not all together). Your evacuation place will probably be with friends or family, so make sure they know your plans.

Check your zone

If you live in a tsunami evacuation zone, make sure your evacuation place is outside of the zone.

Don't forget your pets

If you have to leave home, take your pets with you. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them. Make sure your evacuation place will take your pets. Or have contact details for kennels, catteries and pet friendly motels.

Talk about the impacts

Understanding the impacts of an emergency can help you get through. Have a chat with the people in your household and work out what you’ll do in these situations.