How it works:
- Earthquakes: in an active seismic zone – 150-200 quakes that can be felt annually.
- Tsunamis: can follow after earthquakes.
- Volcanoes: a number of active volcanoes.
- Flooding: due to severe weather.
- Wildfires: parts of the country may be affected due to hot and dry conditions.
What to do:
- Travel at the “right” time to the “right” place
- Media reports, weather forecasts
- Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
- Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
- Department of Conservation
- Reacting to one:
- Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture); expect aftershocks.
- Tsunamis: signs include abnormal ocean activity and load roars. Protect yourself from an earthquake first if there is one. Else, get to a high ground as far inland as possible.
- Forest fires: make yourself seen (e.g. spread out something large and bright), find shelter with little vegetation, stay low to avoid smoke.
- Volcanic eruption: avoid areas downwind and river valleys downstream of the volcano, do not drive in heavy ash fall, seek shelter (if no need to evacuate) or high ground if no shelter (crouch down away from volcano, cover head with arms).