Te Awamutu Civil Defence Home PageSurviving an Earthquake - Being Prepared for an Emergency
- Surviving an Earthquake
- Surviving a Flood
- Surviving a Storm
- Surviving a Volcano
- Surviving a Tsunami

Hundreds of earthquakes occur in New Zealand each year. A few cause damage and injury. A severe earthquake can occur at any time.

Before an Earthquake Occurs:

DO Secure heavy furniture to the walls or floors
DO Place heavy items near the floor.
DO Put strong catches on cupboards.
DO Check that your chimney is secure.
DO Secure your hot water cylinder.
DO Check your household insurance.

DON'T Put chemical cleaner in the toilet cistern. This will poison a potential source of drinking water.

During an Earthquake Inside:

- Take cover under a table or brace yourself in a doorway.
- Do not attempt to run outside.
- If you are in a lift, stop it at the nearest floor and get out.
- Do not look for your pets until shaking ceases.

During an Earthquake Outside:

In a high rise area
- Take cover in a doorway.
- Do not run into the street.

If you are driving
- Slow down, pull over to the side of the road and stop.
- Stay in the vehicle. It will provide some cover.

After an Earthquake:

- Check those around you and help them if necessary.
- Make sure that someone reports the damage in your area to the nearest Civil Defence Centre.
- Put out small fires. Evacuate the building if the fires cannot be controlled.
- Turn on your radio.
- If your property is damaged, try to take notes of damage for the loss adjustor.
- Do not go sightseeing!