Before an emergency 

Here are the steps you need to take to be more prepared for an emergency.

We’ve outlined the things you can do to prepare your household and community to get through the challenging first few days.

Find out how to be more prepared


Earthquake Planning Guide (translations/language versions)

View a PDF of our Earthquake Planning Guide which is available in 17 languages.
View and download the PDFs


Attend a household earthquake planning session 

If you're not sure about your next step towards being better prepared for an emergency, the Household Earthquake Planning session is for you!

Attend a free one-hour session to get tips on how you, your household and whānau can stay safe and get through a disaster.
Learn more


Step 1. Get emergency information and alerts

Find out about how to get alerts from WREMO, and how you can keep up to date during an emergency.
Learn more and sign up for alerts


Step 2: Know how to stay safe in an earthquake (earthquake safety)

Most injuries during earthquakes are caused by furniture and building fittings around you rather than collapsing buildings.

You reduce your chance of injury if you DROP, COVER and HOLD during an earthquake.

Find out how to stay safe in an earthquake


Step 3. Know how to stay safe from a tsunami (tsunami safety)

A LONG (more than one minute) or STRONG (enough to make it hard to stand up) earthquake can cause a tsunami.

Find out if the places you live, work, or play, are in a tsunami evacuation zone and work out the best routes to get far enough inland, uphill or (if you don't have time to evacuate) to the fifth floor or higher.

Find out how to stay safe from a tsunami 

Step 4. Create an emergency plan for your household

In an emergency, such as an earthquake, you might not be able to use your phone to call or access the internet. Make an emergency plan for what to do and where to go if you can’t communicate.

Read about what to include in your household emergency plan  

Step 5. Have an emergency grab bag

grab bag (or getaway kit) is a small backpack of essential items to grab if you have to quickly evacuate your home or workplace with little or no warning. It’s especially important if you will have to walk a long way to get home during an emergency.

Read about emergency grab bags


Step 6. Make your home safer

There are ways to make your property more resilient to earthquakes. If you are unable to do this yourself, get someone to help you.

Read our checklist as a starter to make your home safer in an earthquake


Step 7. Store emergency water

What would you do if drinking water stopped coming out of the tap? We recommend storing enough emergency water for everyone in your household for at least seven days.

You may need to store more if you have unwell people or small children in your family. Don't forget your pets.

Find out about storing emergency water


Step 8. Make an emergency toilet

After a large earthquake - don't flush! After a disaster, you may not be able to use your normal toilet if waste pipes are broken or damaged.

Read about how to make an emergency toilet


Step 9. Meet your neighbours

Connect with a few people on your street this weekend. Start with a simple smile and introduction. More and more research shows that communities that recovery best from natural disasters are those that have good social networks. 

Read about connecting with your neighbours 


Step 10. Emergency supplies

Your house is already full of emergency items disguised as everyday things! By making sure you and your household are able to look after yourself for the first 7 days, you'll be helping emergency services focus their limited resources on the people who need it most.

Read about the supplies you might need in an emergency


Volunteer in your community

Community members and volunteer organisations play a vital role in your community’s preparation for, response to, and recovery from an emergency. 
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Things you can buy to help get prepared

Grab&Go bag

WREMO has partnered with Grab&Go to make getaway kits available at a reasonable price.
Learn more


Water tanks

WREMO has partnered with a New Zealand water tank manufacturer, The Tank Guy, to make a 200-litre water tank and kit available for $105 from your local council.
Learn more