Civil Defence & Emergency Management

​Due to its location and environment, New Zealand faces many potential disasters. In some cases, such as a weather-related or volcanic disaster, there may be time for a warning,  but an earthquake could strike without warning.  All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property, and take lives,  so it's vital that you prepare now.

How prepared are we as a community or individual for the next manmade or natural disaster?  Will you cope when disaster strikes?  Be prepared ... disaster can strike at any time and often without warning.

If a disaster happened now, would you be ready?

Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster can help to keep you and your family safe.

Preparing for a disaster can be quite simple and a good place to start is to visit www.getthru.govt.nz.

Alternatively, pick up a copy of "Are You Prepared" at any Council Office.  It has easy to use information on:

  • Developing a household emergency plan.
  • What you require for your emergency survival kit.
  • What you need for your getaway kit.
  • Preparing for different kinds of disasters.

 

There is no "Civil Defence Army" in New Zealand, people must accept responsibility to prepare for the next big one and be able to look after themselves for up to three days without assistance, other than from their neighbours and local community. 

The role of the Ruapehu District Council is to:

  • Ensure that it is able to function to the fullest possible extent, even though this may be at a reduced level, during and after an emergency.
  • Plan and provide for Civil Defence emergency management within its District.

 

The Civil Defence and Emergency service aim is:

  • To increase community awareness, understanding and participation in emergency management.
  • To enhance local capabilities to manage emergencies and recover from disasters.

 

To learn what is happening and what you should do, tune into the local radio station for updates and messages from Civil Defence. 

 

 

Page reviewed: 15 Feb 2017 8:15am