When a ood threatens you need to:
• Listen to the radio and go to www.hbemergency.govt.nz for advice and information
• Follow Civil Defence advice and instructions
• Disconnect electrical appliances and move items above the likely reach of oodwater
• You may be asked to evacuate or you may make this decision on your own.
• Turn electricity and gas o at the mains
• Take emergency kit, if you need to evacuate
• Do not walk or allow others to walk through ooded areas
• Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires
Stay together as a group if evacuating from your site. If Civil Defence ocials are involved in the evacuation, then Civil
Defence Centres will be established to receive evacuees.
After The Flood:
• Do not return to the facility until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
• Before entering a building, a building inspector will need to inspect foundations for cracks or other damage. Keep
power o until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
• If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn o the gas at
the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from another property. If you turn o the gas for any
reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
• Until local authorities proclaim your water supply to be safe, boil water for drinking and food preparation vigorously
for ve minutes before using.
• Do not prepare and eat any foodstu that has been contaminated by ood water.
• Upon entering the building, don't use matches, cigarette lighters or any other open ames, since gas may be trapped
inside. Instead, use a torch if necessary to light your way.
• Be careful walking around. After a ood, oors are often slippery and covered with debris.
• Check for sewage and water line damage. If the facility has suered damage, call the insurance company right away
to le a claim.
Hazardous Substances Event
Stay inside. Turn o all air conditioning units and shut all windows and doors. Emergency services will advise you if you
need to evacuate. Listen to a local radio station and go to www.hbemergency.govt.nz for information. Once the hazard
has passed, and on the advice of the emergency services, leave the building and allow ventilation of the building.
• In the event of a gas leak DO NOT SET OFF THE ALARM
• Advise the Fire Service immediately (using a telephone well away from the gas leak)
• Shut o the gas if you can do so safely
• Initiate an evacuation by word of mouth
• Do not use any electrical devices
• Leave all lights as they are
• Turn o any gas heaters