Planning for natural disasters and other adverse events

Rural communities and individuals need to adapt and build resilience to adverse events, like natural disasters, severe weather, and biosecurity incursions.

Prepare – plan – build resilience – work together

It's your responsibility to be prepared for adverse events. Consider the risks you face from adverse events and develop strategies to protect your family, business, and community. Rural community members need to work together to manage emergencies.

Individuals, communities, and businesses need to plan and prepare for adverse events. This is one of the best ways to speed recovery and build your business and family's resilience. 

Risk management strategies can include:

  • setting aside reserves of money, food, and livestock feed
  • owning a generator
  • keeping insurance up to date
  • locating buildings and planting crops away from areas of high risk
  • planting drought-resistant crops and planting trees on highly erodible land
  • keeping stock in good health
  • considering climatic risks and natural hazards when purchasing land.

You are also responsible for safeguarding the welfare of your livestock, including the humane disposal of livestock.

Prepare for El Niño – this natural cycle can increase adverse events such as droughts, floods, and storms.

Learn how to prepare for El Niño

Rural communities need to work together

Members of rural communities need to work together to adapt and build resilience to adverse events. Reduce your risk by knowing your neighbours and how to contact them.

Have a plan for when an event occurs, including:

  • having a meeting place with emergency supplies
  • maintaining a contact list of neighbours, local Civil Defence, and your local Rural Support Trust.

Who to contact

If you have questions about planning for adverse events, email

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