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Civil Defence & Emergency
~ Ngā Whakahaere Whawhati Tata

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Disasters can strike at any time and often without warning, so know what to do before you have to do it. Being ready for an emergency means having your own plan in place so you can respond confidently to the event.

To ensure you are ready:

  • Find out what could happen
  • Look under Hazards Information for what to do in each type of emergency
  • Create a Household Emergency Plan
  • Refer to information on the website as a guide
  • Complete a Household Emergency Checklist
  • Print off a checklist from the Get Thru website
  • Have a Getaway Kit ready to go
  • Practise with your family and keep your plan up-to-date to accommodate household changes

 Remember, help in the first three days after a disaster may be very limited. Central Hawke's Bay has a small team of dedicated and hard working civil defence staff, and volunteers manage civil defence centres throughout the city. On average, only one or two people are available for each of these centres. As some of our own volunteers could be affected by a disaster, Civil Defence advises everyone to be prepared to survive on their own for at least three days in an emergency event.

Other sources of information

  • Look inside the back cover of your telephone book for useful information about what to put in a survival kit, and what to do in the event of an emergency
  • Contact Central Hawke's Bay Defence Office
  • Visit the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management websites for information on how to be prepared
  • Hazard information can be obtained from the Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan which can be found on
  • The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)  provide resources for disasters in rural areas that affect agriculture and forestry.   This information can be sourced on the Protection & Response section on the MPI website.


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