Floods are a common hazard in New Zealand. A flood becomes dangerous in the following conditions:
Getting ready before a flood strikes will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.
Develop a Household Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Survival Kit so that you can cope with being on your own for three days or more
Find out if your home or business is at risk from flooding. If there is a risk, your local council can give you information to help you reduce the effects. This information could cover:
How to protect items in your home or business by raising them above floor level
How you can reduce the risk of future flooding to your home or business
Know where the closest high ground is and how to get there
Keep your insurance up to date
Listen to your local radio station for information and follow the advice and instructions from Civil Defence Emergency Management
Your local council or Civil Defence Emergency Management Group may issue a warning. Talk to them to find out how they will warn you
Move out of the flooded area or go to the nearest high ground
Lift household items as high above the floor as possible
Do not attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters unless it is absolutely essential
Stay in a safe place. Do not go sightseeing.
If you have been affected, have your house inspected and the damage assessed
Talk to your local council about ways to reduce the risk of future flooding to your house or business.