Environmental health in emergencies

In the event of an emergency, unhealthy conditions can develop. You may survive a major disaster but be at risk of serious illness.

In the event of an emergency, ordinary systems and services are often disrupted and unhealthy conditions can develop. Be prepared and know what to do so you can protect yourself and your family from illness and disease.

This section includes information for before, during and after an emergency.

The most likely causes of civil emergency in New Zealand are:

  • floods
  • earthquakes
  • storms (cyclones, tornadoes)
  • forest fires
  • volcanic eruptions
  • tsunamis (tidal waves).