Disaster Risk - Rotorua
What are the potential disaster risks for Rotorua?
- Volcanic eruption, including ash fall
- Rural fire
- Extreme weather event
- Hydrothermal eruption
- Animal disease
- Lifelines utility failure
As Rotorua is well-known for its geothermal activity, one of our biggest potential hazards is infrequent hydrothermal eruptions and the collapse of unstable hot ground. The district is exposed to a wide variety of volcanic hazards including ash deposits from an eruption.
Rotorua can also experience extreme weather events such as major storms accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain or snowfall, hail, thunder, lightning and tornadoes. These can damage property and infrastructure, affect crops and livestock and disrupt essential services, which can have an effect on the local economy.
Like other districts, Rotorua is also at risk of disasters that are caused by people including agricultural emergencies, industrial processes, urban fires, public health crises and infrastructure failure.
Learn about disasters in New Zealand
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Disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods and storms can strike at any time, sometimes without warning. All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives.
- Many disasters will affect essential services and possibly disrupt your ability to travel or communicate with each other
- In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, emergency services will not be able to get help to everyone as quickly as needed
- This is when you are likely to be most vulnerable
- So it is important to plan to look after yourself and your loved ones for at least three days or more in the event of a disaster
- Make sure your Household Emergency Plan is up-to-date and you have prepared your Household Survival Kit & Get Away Kit
- Consider having an emergency evacuation plan
- Is up to date You may be confined to your home or forced to evacuate from your neighbourhood
Knowing what to do during and after these disasters will help you and your loved ones keep safe and get through.