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Hawke's Bay is a fantastic region to live in and to visit, but like the rest of New Zealand, things can get a bit crazy - severe weather, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami can all happen (hopefully not all at once!), which could make it difficult to get around, to communicate with family and friends and to access everyday necessities.

Plan ahead

Connecting in an emergency

In an emergency, people generally need two things – contact with others and information. Knowing people in your local and wider community will help you manage better in an emergency, because people check on each other and share resources when they need to. Find out more in our community section

Making a plan

Talk with your family and friends, and work out what you’ll do in emergency situations. Talk about what you will do, and how you’ll communicate.

When developing your plan, think about not being able to get home, having to evacuate, being stuck at home and having no water, power or communication.



Emergency supplies and grab bags

In an emergency you could be stuck at home for three days or more. You probably have what you will need already, and you don’t have to have everything all in one place, but you might have to find things in a hurry or in the dark.

It is a good idea to have a pre-packed grab bag if you live or work in a flood or tsunami zone.

Find out more about emergency supplies and grab bags.

Prepare your home

There are simple things you can do around your home to help prevent damage and injury during an emergency such as an earthquake or flood.

Some homes are more disaster prone than others. Those near water could flood. Those near heavily wooded areas may face fire risk. Follow this simple check list to get you started and find more detailed advice under the hazards listed.

  • Learn what hazards could affect your house or community using our hazard maps.
  • Check you have adequate insurance coverage.
  • Secure home hazards. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a home hazard. For example, during an earthquake or a storm, a hot water heater or a bookshelf could turn over or pictures hanging over a couch could fall and hurt someone. Find out more at EQC.
  • Ensure that access and evacuation are manageable for elderly members of your household or those with disabilities.

If you're thinking of buying a house, make sure you understand the impact of natural hazards on the property. Check out Settled for a comprehensive list of what to look for. 


Do you have adequate insurance? Find out here. EQC insurance cover is only available to those with insurance that also covers fire. 

Know what to do

Our number one hazard in Hawke’s Bay is earthquakes so everyone needs to know what to do. The correct action is drop, cover and hold.

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Long or strong, get gone

If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone and feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more, move away form the coast immediately. Find out more about tsunami here.

Find out more about getting through and preparing for emergencies here.

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