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.
13 Aug 2015 > 14 Aug 2015
Building on the success of the South Island Emergency Management Conference hosted by the West Coast Civil Defence Emergency Management Group in 2014, this years' conference is hosted by the Christchurch City Council. It will focus broadly around best practice, lessons learned from recent national and international emergency events and planning for a South Island Alpine Fault response.
30 Jul 2015 - 11:08AM
The Manwatu-Whanganui and Taranaki regions are now in the recovery phase following the heavy rain and flooding event of June 2015.
27 Jul 2015 - 12:08PM
The Ministry publishes e-Bulletin eight months a year to provide short, quick updates about civil defence emergency management (CDEM) and related information. It is for people in the CDEM sector and those with an interest in CDEM. This edition features a foreword from the Director, June 2015 floods, the New Zealand Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction, New Zealand ShakeOut update, Southland utilises social media for snow warnings, Youth Looking Beyond Disaster and more.