Civil Defence logo. Tsunami Evacuation Plans

This page explains what to do after an earthquake that may generate a tsunami.

Plan what to do after an earthquake

  • Look up which evacuation zone you are in and make a plan with your family about what to do after an earthquake if you are in the red, orange or yellow zone.
  • Know where to go, find out who can help you and who might need your help.
  • Have a grab bag handy with essential items, so you can leave without delay.
  • It's best to evacuate on foot and go to friends or family outside the evacuation zones (as roads can get jammed with traffic easily).
    Do not pass through an evacuation zone to get home or collect your children from school or childcare – they will have their own evacuation systems if needed.
  • During an emergency, local police, fire, and emergency services officials are trying to save your life. Give them your fullest cooperation.
  • Never go down to the beach to watch for a tsunami. The wave moves much faster than you can run.
  • A tsunami is a series of waves or surges, and the first wave is usually not the largest.

For an overview of tsunami evacuation zones in the Wellington region, read the brochure – It's Easy – Know your tsunami zone (727KB pdf)

Go to the WREMO website for the latest updates, or the Ministry of Civil Defence website.

Find out about tsunami zones in your area.

Read about the different tsunami zones and Porirua's tsunami risk.