Local authorities are responsible for civil defence emergency management (CDEM) in their area.
If life or property is threatened always dial 111 for Police, Fire or Ambulance.
Media play a key role in providing public information during potential and actual emergencies. The Ministry provides information to the media as openly and quickly as possible so it can be reported and the public informed.
New Zealand ShakeOut is a national earthquake drill taking place at 9:15am, 15 October 2015. It’s a chance for everyone in New Zealand to practise the right action to take during an earthquake – Drop, Cover and Hold.
27 Nov 2015 - 11:12AM
The Ministry has just released the new Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 (the Guide). The Guide sets out the arrangements, roles, and responsibilities of agencies for the national management, or support to local management, of emergencies. The Guide incorporates the wording of the new National CDEM Plan 2015, which states the principles, arrangements, and frameworks that apply to the management of emergencies. The Guide supports this wording with further detail, diagrams, and operational information.
11 Nov 2015 - 03:12PM
A proposed law change to help communities recover from small to moderate scale emergencies has started to make its way through Parliament.
The Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament.
05 Nov 2015 - 04:12PM
Improvements are being made to how welfare services are coordinated and delivered to communities when there is an emergency. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has just released a new guideline governing how, when and where welfare services should be delivered in emergencies.