Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Extreme weather events: safety tips and support

Where to find information

For an extreme weather event like a cyclone or flood, regular updates will be shared on our national Facebook page. More information is also available from Civil Defence and local Emergency Management websites. 

You can find your local Civil Defence group here(external link).

Can I light a fire to clear cyclone debris or waste following Cyclone Gabrielle?

The Government has agreed to an Order in Council under the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation Act 2023 that overrides the Resource Management Act, to classify open-air burning of cyclone and flood waste as a permitted activity for Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay, duration, and conditions the order relates to.

These guidelines are in place from July 5 – November 1 2023. Find out more at checkitsalright.nz(external link).