Pandemic

A pandemic is an epidemic that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent or the world. You will be very familiar with the COVID-19 pandemic and the way it has affected your home, work and community. For specific and current information on...

Hazards

Due to its location and environment, New Zealand has many natural hazards. In some cases, such as a weather related or volcanic disaster, there may be time for a warning. But an earthquake or a tsunami close to land could strike without warning. All disasters have the...

Storms

Storms can happen any time of the year. They can bring strong winds, heavy rain or snow, thunder, lightning, tornadoes and rough seas. Storms can affect wide areas, damaging property and disrupting services. Find out what to do before, during and after a storm. Get...

Volcanic activity

Volcanic activity can include hazards such as ashfall, falling rocks, very fast moving mixtures of hot gases and volcanic rock, lava flows and massive mudflows. There are 11 active volcanic areas (above the water) in New Zealand. All volcanoes on the mainland are in...

Landslides

Landslides can happen without warning — often triggered by heavy rain, earthquakes and, in some cases, human activity. Get ready before a landslide Get your household ready. Work out what supplies you might need and make a plan together. Find out from your local Civil...