Natural disaster emergencies
Take action to protect yourself and others.
Major storm or gale force winds
- Move away from windows.
- Close all windows, curtains, drapes and blinds.
- Shelter in the strongest part of the building (e.g. a central corridor or stairwell).
- Keep clear of any areas with glass atriums or glass roofs.
- Stay inside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Call University Security on 966 (or 0800 373 7550 from a mobile phone) and state “flooding”. Give the location and the whereabouts of evacuees.
- 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.
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.