To help you get ready for the cyclone, we’ve prepared a brief checklist to follow before and during the storm. Make sure you read the full list at

What to check for before a cyclone or storm:

  • Prepare your Household Emergency Plan and have an emergency kit ready for the home and to take with you in case of evacuation
  • Secure large heavy objects and remove any loose materials that could blow about and cause injury during high winds, e.g. trampolines, BBQs, outdoor furniture
  • Move any items that may need to be moved inside, e.g. pot plants
  • When the storm warning is issued, fill your car’s fuel tank
  • Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape

During a storm, follow the latest MetService updates, New Zealand’s only official source of weather warnings. These are broadcast on radio, TV and available online at

What to do during a cyclone or storm:

  • Put your emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry
  • Close windows and doors. Pull curtains and drapes over glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass
  • During extreme wind, stay inside in the strongest parts of the building, i.e. cellar, internal hallway, bathroom. Stay away from doors and windows
  • Check you have enough water. It’s a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks in case water supply is affected
  • Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary and don’t walk around outside
  • Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges. If power is lost unplug major appliances to minimize possible damage when power is back on
  • Bring pets inside. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.


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