Prepare for the Pacific cyclone season

posted: 9:00 am - 5th December 2018
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The Pacific cyclone season officially runs from November 1 to April 30, with tropical cyclones bringing heavy rainfall, high winds, and storm surges.

With the New Zealand MetService forecasting seven to 11 named tropical cyclones this season, it is important for those visiting the Pacific region this holiday season to be aware of what is happening, and prepared for any emergency.

Be prepared:

- Plan for emergencies before departure - You are encouraged to register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on their SafeTravel site. Travelers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. MFAT can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being;

- Travelers should monitor local radio and other sources of information such as a meteorological service, to stay aware of local weather developments. If you are affected by a cyclone, it is important you follow advice from local authorities concerning safety and evacuation.

Remember, it does not take a direct hit or a severe cyclone to cause significant damage or life-threatening weather.

If severe weather is forecast:

- Follow official advice from national meteorological services, disaster management offices or local civil defence;

- Do not venture outdoors during a cyclone and remain well away from the sea and rivers;

- Update loved ones in New Zealand directly and /or update your social media status as soon as you are able once the cyclone has passed.

The aim is to keep everyone safe – remember to think of your immediate community who might need assistance.

Visit your local Civil Defence group to learn about planning for, and what to do during an emergency.

Please check the travel advice for your specific destination on SafeTravel.