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Never Happens? Happens

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Never Happens? Happens


Disasters can affect us all due to damage that they can cause to houses, businesses and services on which we rely. The level to which a disaster can affect us depends on the scale and magnitude of the natural hazard. Everyone is affected and impacted differently by a disaster and can depend on how resilient they are.

Never Happens? Happens

Earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions can occur at any time and often without warning, although some natural hazards have natural tells and signs. By helping your family be more prepared at home, you can reduce the risk of danger.



  • Practice your earthquake drill: DROP, COVER AND HOLD.
  • Talk with your family and prepare an emergency plan.
  • Identify safe places close to you at home or school.
  • Get your parents to 'Fix, Fasten and Forget' items at home.
  • Stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • If inside remain inside, if outside stay outside.
  • Do not attempt to run outside.
  • Listen to and follow all instructions from adults or the radio.
  • Stay calm.
  • If you can, help others who may need it.
  • Watch out for possible dangers or hazards.
  • Remember there may be some aftershocks.
  • Remember your prepared action plan and follow it if it is safe to do so.



  • Know if your local area could be struck by a tsunami.
  • Talk with your family and prepare an emergency plan.
  • Identify safe places close to your home and school - a place which is at least one kilometre inland or 35 metres above sea level.
  • Stay calm.
  • Leave the area immediately if you are on the beach or near a river when a strong earthquake occurs. Move quickly but safely.
  • Don't go to a river or beach to watch the waves come in if a warning has been issued.
  • Stay calm.
  • Listen to and follow instructions from adults or the radio.
  • If you can, help others who may need it.


  • Know where active volcanoes are and whether they are likely to affect you.
  • Have an evacuation plan - where to go and how to get there.
  • Stay indoors - keep windows and doors shut.
  • If outdoors - find shelter.
  • Listen to the radio for instructions.
  • If told to leave, cover face and mouth and take your Getaway Items.
  • Stay together.
  • Do not go sightseeing.
  • Take off your outer layer of clothing off before entering a building - volcanic ash is difficult to get rid of.
  • If in a safe place - stay put.
  • Listen to the radio for information.
  • Return home only when told.


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