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Earthquake Preparedness

Know where your Community Emergency Hub is

Community Emergency Hubs (formerly known as Civil Defence Centres or CDC) are pre-identified places for the community to coordinate their efforts to help each other during and after a disaster.

Community Emergency Hubs will be opened by people in their community, not official staff, when there is need for the community to help itself, such as when there has been widespread infrastructural damage, damage to buildings and roads, or communication networks are down for extended periods.

See the map of community hubs in the region

Find the hub nearest you:

Talk about a family plan

Get everyone in your household together to work through the 12 easy steps to ensure your household is prepared for an emergency. 

Download a copy of the It’s easy: get prepared for an emergency - prepared households (pdf, 1.06 MB)

Practice Drop Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold is the right action to take in an earthquake.  It stops you being knocked over, makes you a smaller target for falling and flying objects and protects your head, neck and vital organs.

For more information, including what to do if you can't drop, cover and hold then see our page on what to do in an earthquake 

Know your tsunami evacuation zones

To find your tsunami evacuation zone see our interactive map.

Or download a copy of a map for where you play, live or work:

If you feel a long OR strong earthquake then immediately get out of all zones. In other cases then evacuate the zones that you are advised to leave. Information would be available on this website, our facebook page or twitter page

There's more information on our page what to do in a tsunami.

It’s easy to get your household prepared for an emergency

Get everyone in your household together to work through the 12 easy steps to ensure your household is prepared for an emergency. 

Download a copy of the It’s easy: get prepared for an emergency - prepared households (pdf, 1.06 MB)

Talk about a family plan; Know where your Community Emergency Hub is

Get prepared and WIN

Tell us what regional landmark you spot in this week's poster?

Send your entry in to by 12 noon Friday 24 March and go into our weekly draw. 

This week prize: Grab & Go Bag

Click to go to our twelve steps of household preparedness