Public Education

Through the National Public Education Programme, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and CDEM Groups work together to educate and motivate New Zealanders to be better prepared.

Long or strong graphicThe National Public Education Programme

The National Public Education Programme is a staged, targeted, evidence-based approach, with resources developed and adapted to suit different channels, with a particular focus on reaching our most vulnerable audiences.

Public Education websites

Happens campaign logoHappens

Find information for individuals and communities how to get ready for the impacts of disasters and New Zealand natural hazards.

Stan dog graphicWhat's the Plan, Stan?

What’s The Plan Stan? is a resource for teaching Civil Defence in schools and for kids to learn about disasters.


MCDEM are currently looking at creating a new website to replace the websites above. If you have any feedback, please email us at