When & How to Evacuate

Following a long or strong earthquake or an official evacuation warning - head immediately inland until you are outside of the tsunami evacuation zones.

If possible, make a plan now with family or friends who live outside the tsunami zone to stay with them if you need to evacuate.

In the case of evacuations, the Council will open Civil Defence Centres. Check the Waimakariri District Council website or Facebook page for their locations.

Stay Informed – keep checking official Civil Defence channels for up-to-date information. These include the Waimakariri District Council website and Facebook page, and radio stations such Compass 104.9 FM and Radio NZ.

Be prepared – Check out getready.govt.nz to make sure you’re prepared.

Have a plan – have an evacuation plan and escape route for your household, including pets. Think about where you would go and, if possible, make arrangements with family or friends who live outside the tsunami zone to stay with them if you need to evacuate. Share any official warnings you hear with family and friends near the coast.

Think about - what your family would do if it happened during working hours or when the kids are at school. Does you know your school or preschool’s plan?

Work or spend time in Christchurch? - Familiarise yourself with the tsunami evacuation zones on the Christchurch City Council website.