Accessibility About this Site About the Ministry Locate the nearest council Links Home Search Main Content

Director’s Guideline for Lifeline Utilities and Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups
The Director's Guideline for Lifeline Utilities and Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups [DGL 16/14] is now available. This guideline replaces Lifeline Utilities & Emergency Management [DGL 03/02] and Lifelines and CDEM Planning [BPG 01/03]

Revised Guide Section 19: National CDEM warnings
From 1 July 2014, New Zealand is changing its definitions of the Volcanic Alert Level system used by GNS Science and GeoNet, and outlined in section 19, National CDEM warnings of the Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Revised National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan

23 May – 25 July 2014

The Minister of Civil Defence has publicly released the revised National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan for public consultation and now welcomes written submissions.

July e-Bulletin now available
The July 2014 issue of e-Bulletin is now available.

Government releases draft planning arrangements

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has released a cabinet paper that outlines draft arrangements to temporarily relocate Parliament and Executive Government in case of a major emergency in Wellington.

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)

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.

Follow us on
This feed has been established to help us inform as many people as possible when civil defence emergencies occur.
Click here for more information.

If you have questions or need further information, email