Wind is usually part of our everyday lives and is caused by variations in air pressure. But severe winds such as cyclones, hurricanes, tornadoes, down bursts and lee waves can cause airports and roads to close, considerable destruction to property and infrastructure, and even loss of life.

How Natural Hazards New Zealand can help:

Any strong wind preparedness plan first begins with an assessment of the hazard and risk your region faces. For this, Natural Hazards New Zealand can undertake hazard vulnerability studies; damage and loss assessment modelling; and economic impact studies. When your region’s wind hazard and risk has been assessed, we at the Natural Hazards New Zealand (NHNZ) cluster know that good emergency response planning; improved building practices and engineering solutions can reduce wind impacts. As you will see from our wind-related projects below, we’re already employed around the globe with this type of planning and preparedness, including several World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, NZAid and AusAID-funded initiatives.

If your region needs to have strong wind plans in place, or your plans need upgrading, we would like to help.

Click here to view some NHNZ wind projects

Natural Hazards Inc. members and their key experts with experience on wind:


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