Get Ready for an Emergency
We live in a wild and beautiful place where emergencies and disasters can occur with little or no warning. If they do happen, Kaikōura may be isolated for days or weeks. This page contains a number of resources that can help you, your whānau, your friends and your neighbourhood prepare for an emergency.
Civil Defence is a network made up of you, your neighbours and your community. Supporting you are the local, regional and national Emergency Management Civil Defence staff, who in turn are supported by international aid if needed.
In the days and weeks following a disaster, your local neighbourhood will be the ones that you rely on the most, and will also rely on you. Do your part to help so that we can help those who can’t help themselves on the day.
In an emergency, the radio is your best source of information. Make sure you have a radio at your house with fresh batteries or a self-generated power source (like a wind up radio) that picks up these stations. Remember you have a car radio as a back up.
- Brian FM - 100.3
- National AM 567
- National FM 101.7
Key things to remember
- If you are inside drop, cover and hold.
- If you are outside move away from buildings, trees, streetlights and power lines, then drop, cover and hold. Stay there until the shaking stops.
- If you feel an earthquake that is either longer than a minute, or strong enough that it is hard to stand up then get to high ground as soon as the shaking stops. The earthquake could be the only warning sign of a tsunami.
Most flooding happens when water from intense/persistent rain, and sometimes from melting snow, enters rivers, streams and lakes, causing them to overflow or become blocked. High sea levels at river mouths can also increase flood levels.
Floods can be dangerous when the water is deep, is travelling fast, has risen quickly, or if it contains debris like tree branches or sheet iron.
What to do during a flood
- Do not try to walk or drive through floodwater
- Move valuable or dangerous items as high as you can off the floor
- Listen to the radio and follow the instructions.
Where to get information?
During a storm we will advise you to keep an eye on forecasts and weather warnings. The only site we recommend is the MetService website. Metservice has the resources to always be available in a severe weather event to provide you with accurate information. MetService works closely with National Emergency Management (NEMA), councils, and other agencies to deliver reliable updates during emergencies.
Storms can happen year round and affect wide areas. Storms and severe weather include:
- Strong winds
- Heavy rain
- Heavy snow
- Rough seas
In the event of a long or strong earthquake, the quake itself may be the only warning of a tsunami. Do not wait for further instructions, notifications or advice, evacuate immediately after the shaking has stopped.
We do not have evacuation centres in Kaikōura – everyone is advised to get up, get out and stay out if you are in tsunami zones. You should listen to the radio to find out when it is safe to return, or where to go for help.
What zone are you?
Red - Beach and marine environment, low lying areas. Evacuate the area when instructed to, or immediately after a long or strong earthquake.
Orange - Areas less likely to be affected by a tsunami. This includes low-lying coastal areas that could be flooded in a large tsunami.Evacuate this zone if you feel a long or strong earthquake, or if you are told to during an official tsunami warning.
No zone - You do not need to evacuate to higher ground. Some areas may be cut off if your normal access goes through a tsunami zone, so be prepared to stay at home until the all clear is given.
There are no tsunami sirens in Kaikōura. if you here a siren it is a call out to our volunteer fire officers.
Landslides can range from a single boulder or rock, to a very large avalanche of earth and rock that can spread for kilometres. They are caused by heavy rain, earthquakes and, in some cases human activity. Landslides often happen without warning.
What to do during a landslide
Other Helpful Links
- Weather Warnings - When a weather orange or red warning is in place, check the latest Forecast and be prepared for unpredictable changes in road conditions or potential disruption to your day. https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home#upper-sou...
- Traffic & Roads - Waka Kotahi NZTA journeys website is regularly updated. Taking a few minutes to check it before you head out can save you a lot of time and hassle. https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic
- Advice for Emergencies - Check out the Get Ready website for helpful advice on how to prepare https://getready.govt.nz