Recovery: What to do after an earthquake
This page provides earthquake recovery messages.
Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, Drop, Cover and Hold. Aftershocks can occur minutes, days, weeks, months and years following an earthquake.
As soon as possible, seek advice on how to prevent further damage during aftershocks. A major aftershock can lead to further falling glass and masonry, which can cause harm to those standing in the street or moving through exposed areas.
Clean up hazardous debris as soon as it is safe to do so.
Check out the Insurance section for more information on how your property might be covered following a hazard event.
Try to keep pets calm and under control so that they don’t try to run away. Keep leashes and pet-carrier boxes handy. Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the earthquake has affected scent markers that normally allow them to find their way home. Make sure they have plenty of water.
If farming, check livestock have access to fresh water as well as their general welfare. Check fences to ensure livestock are secure.
Be aware that the behaviour of pets and livestock may change dramatically after an earthquake and they may become more aggressive or defensive.