Getting Ready For An Emergency

Top tips for looking after yourself, your whānau and those close to you in an emergency.

In line with national Civil Defence policies, residents are expected to take 2021.03 getting ready for emergency websiteresponsibility for their own safety and wellbeing and that of any visitors or guests. This includes but is not limited to: having sufficient supplies for at least three days' of food, water and essential medicines, having a plan for contacting friends and family to both receive and provide information about the situation and their own welfare, ensuring they are aware of and subscribed to any/all relevant alerts and warnings systems and channels run by Kaikōura District Council.  


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The siren you hear in Kaikoura is a fire siren for local volunteer firefighters. It is not an evacuation siren.


 Three steps to get ready for a disaster: 

Emergencies and disasters can occur with little or no warning. Civil Defence starts with everyone getting prepared before anything happens - remember 'we are all Civil Defence'.  In the days and weeks after a disaster, Civil Defence means everyone helping themselves, their families and communities to respond and recover as best they can.

1. Make a plan - 'Prepared not scared' is our motto in the Kaikōura District. We live in a wild and beautiful place but this means we need to be able to take care of ourselves and our community in an emergency. We may be isolated for days or weeks. Do your part to help so that we can help those who can’t help themselves on the day.

You can make a plan by:

  • Having a chat with your family and make sure everyone knows who's going to do what if there is a an earthquake, flood or tsunami.
  • Making evacuation plans with neighbors and loved ones for extended family, especially those you don't live with and any elderly. You may not have time to pick people up so make sure someone else has it sorted. Kaikōura Gets Ready is a great tool to use, to ensure loved ones are looked after in an emergency. 
  • Completing a written plan and share it with those you love - there's a great one right here 

2.  Know your Tsunami survival

  • Know your evacuation route: use our interactive map to enter your address to see if you need to evacuate in a tsunami. Find out where it is safe to drive and where you need to walk. When you need to leave an evacuation zone as fast and safely as possible, you may not be able to take your car. Check the Tsunami evacuation map
  • Know when to evacuate: If you are near the coast and experience a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts more than a minute, a sudden rise or fall in sea level, loud and unusual noises from sea, move immediately to the nearest high ground or as far inland as you can. Read more about natural tsunami warning signs

3. Know where you'll be able to get information after a disaster 

In an emergency, the radio is your best source of information. Make sure you2020.03 getting ready for emergency website radio 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:

 - Brian FM - 100.3
 - National AM 567
 - National FM 101.7


Kaikoura Gets Ready

This tool helps communities form a coordinated community response when things go wrong and equips neighbourhoods to band together during an emergency. Council can send out real-time communication during events such as an earthquake or a flood, to notify yourself, your whānau and your neighbours. 

Visit the Kaikōura Gets Ready page!

Sign up to Kaikōura Gets Ready!


Project AF8 

Project AF8 (Alpine Fault Magnitude 8) is all about bringing together key agencies throughout the south island and coordinating the planning and preparation for a major event such as the Alpine Fault rupturing. The Project is a three-year programme of scientific modelling, response planning and community engagement that facilitates the spread of knowledge about the Alpine Fault and helps communities become better prepared and more resilient for a major event. 

Read more about it here.

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