Natural disaster emergencies

Take action to protect yourself and others.

Major storm or gale force winds

  1. Move away from windows.
  2. Close all windows, curtains, drapes and blinds.
  3. Shelter in the strongest part of the building (e.g. a central corridor or stairwell).
  4. Keep clear of any areas with glass atriums or glass roofs.
  5. Stay inside.
  6. If you or someone nearby suffers an injury, call Security on 966 and state "injured person”.  If using a mobile phone, call 0800 373 7550. First aid advice: Medical emergencies.
  7. If there is major damage to the building, call Security on 966 and state “storm damage”. If using a mobile phone, call 0800 373 7550
  8. If you have not had instructions from your building warden and you think the situation is life threatening, call 111 and request the Fire Service.


  1. Switch off any electrical and gas-fuelled equipment that could be affected by water, and move any chemicals, important documents, valuables etc. to a safe area if there is time.
  2. If you have had instructions from your building warden, evacuate to a safe area (high ground) and make sure everyone in your area does likewise.
  3. Call University Security on 966 (or 0800 373 7550 from a mobile phone) and state “flooding”. Give the location and the whereabouts of evacuees.
  4. If you have not had instructions from your building warden and you think the situation is life-threatening, call 111 and request the Fire Service.

Volcanic eruptions

Auckland is a volcanic area. The chance of a volcano erupting is small (probably not in your lifetime). However, scientists agree that at some stage there will be another eruption. It's likely that there'll be a warning beforehand.

What should you do in an eruption?

  • Follow instructions from Civil Defence and the University Emergency Management Response Group, especially in regard to evacuation. You can listen to Civil Defence messages on the radio. Learn more: Emergency information sources
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Wear a breathing mask and goggles if you need to go outside.
  • Try to keep ash from accumulating on the roof.
  • Don't go sightseeing—you'll add to congestion and put yourself and others at risk.