Civil Defence Emergency Management

Emergency Status:


Note: Get Ready Week 9-15 October

Get Ready Week is held every year to mark the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (13 October) and encourage New Zealanders to get prepared. This year's theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.

The Government will soon be launching a new service to keep people informed in an emergency. Led by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be used by NZ Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, MPI, Ministry of Health and Civil Defence Emergency Management to alert people if their lives, property or health are at serious risk.

The system uses cell broadcast technology to send messages to enabled phones, so alerts can be targeted to specific geographic locations. People won’t need to sign up to receive alerts, or download an app, alerts will be sent to every enabled phone in the region.

This is a very exciting development towards strengthening emergency alerting systems across New Zealand, but it doesn’t replace existing channels and natural warnings. It’s another channel for warning people when there is a serious risk.

A multi-media advertising campaign will ensure New Zealanders know the system is coming and what to do when they receive an alert. Civil defence is on track to start using the system by the end of the year.


For local civil defence emergency status updates listen to your radio or sign up to e-text alerting  

Rotorua Lakes Council's Civil Defence Emergency Management Primary Controller, Stavros Michael briefing staff.

Page reviewed: 10 Oct 2017 4:40pm