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Civil defence moves to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

From Tuesday 1 April the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Read Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye's media release (Beehive site)

February e-Bulletin now available

The February issue of MCDEM's e-Bulletin comes chocker with:
  • news from the Director
  • NIWA's red-alert tide calendar
  • happenings in Auckland, Nelson-Tasman, Manawatu, Porirua, Arrowtown, across the South Island
  • conferences, workshops and forums
  • reviews of publications
  • radio frequencies update
  • and more!

Read the e-Bulletin

Do NOT get outside quickly after an earthquake: Guide for workplace earthquake plan

It is frightening to stay in a building immediately after an earthquake but it is much safer than immediately going outside.

The Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management, John Hamilton, said it is not like a fire. You do not have to evacuate a building straight away unless it is showing obvious signs of distress.

When you eventually evacuate, do take your wallet, coat, bag, etc. You are more vulnerable if you leave those things behind. If you have a getaway kit or “go bag”, take it.

Have a plan before you need it. Tell others what you plan to do. An evacuation assembly area in case of fire might not be appropriate after an earthquake. Large open areas with no tall buildings, power lines or other hazards immediately adjacent are best. It is often better to remain in your building until a safest route has been found.

For more information, read our media release:

Hear Todd Blackadder, Sam Johnson and survivors of the Christchurch earthquake talking about making their experience count and making all our homes safer. You can also download EQC's Quake-safe Guide

Five important things to fix and fasten, and how to do it

Making our homes safer

If a disaster happened now, would you be ready? Visit to learn how you and your family can get ready, and get through.

Resources for hearing and vision impaired
Interactive, electronic resources designed to give potentially life-saving advice on emergency planning to the vision impaired and the hearing impaired:
Turtle Safe
Turtle Safe: Resources for pre-schools
Resources on earthquake safety for pre-school children.

What's the Plan Stan?
What's the Plan Stan?
Teaching and learning resources for primary and intermediate school children.

Kia Takatū
Teaching and learning resources in Te Reo Māori.

Tsunami: When minutes count
New Zealanders who survived the Samoa tsunami on 29 September 2009 share their stories.

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