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For the latest information about civil defence emergencies and to find out how to prepare yourself and your family before an emergency happens.
If you need urgent assistance during an emergency call 111
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s up to you to take steps to make sure you’re prepared. | Tē mōhiotia āhea, ki hea rānei te ohotata. Whakaritea tō whānau. Kia mataara.
Visit getready.govt.nz to find out how to get ready for an emergency.
Information in an emergency
In an emergency we will use the following channels to keep you informed:
- Our Facebook page
- The homepage of this website
- Stay in the loop e-newsletters - sign-up and select the topic Civil Defence
- Radio - Radio New Zealand, Newstalk ZB, Classic Hits. To find radio frequencies in your area go to Find a Station
- National emergency messages are posted on the National Emergency Management Agency website
Tsunami preparedness for our coastal communities
We can’t predict when a tsunami is going to happen, but we can be prepared in case it does. For coastal communities like Kaiaua and Whiritoa, there are some key things to think about in advance so you are ready.
Long or Strong, Get Gone
More help and information
- National Emergency Management Agency website
- Get Ready Website
- Civil Defence Waikato Facebook page
- Waikato Regional Council - Flood room Live / Rainfall / River Levels
- Waikato Regional Council - Waikato Regional Hazards Portal
Preparing for an emergency is everyone's responsibility. You and your community will be much better prepared to get through an emergency if your community has a plan to get through. Your neighbours and community are likely to be the first to help when disaster strikes, and your community may need to look after itself until help can arrive.
What is a community response plan?
This is a plan that the community response group writes and owns which describes how the community will be self sufficient for the first 72 hours of an emergency. It makes sure the community has access to basic safety needs, including: shelter, food, medical care and sanitation.
The plan helps to identify what resources the community has available, what the vulnerabilities of the community are, and what responsibilities individuals and groups will have during an emergency.
Who is involved in community response?
Anyone can be involved in community response or can form a community response group. The people that live in the community know it the best because they live and work in it.
Your local Emergency Management Officer is available to help your group plan for an emergency with expert advice and ideas, but community response is owned by the community so it is completely up to you how you plan your community's response.
Chat to us about joining or starting a community response group
Looking for your school's plan?
Schools are required to have their own plans. Contact your local school or search their websites for your child's school plans.
Search for schools in our district on the Ministry of Education website