Resources for media

Information and useful resources for media

Guides for media

Media play an essential role in emergencies by sharing vital safety information and advice with their audiences.

The National Emergency Management Agency has developed guides to provide media with an overview of some key aspects of Civil Defence Emergency Management in New Zealand. 

The guides can be downloaded below.

For contact information during emergencies, please click here.

About Civil Defence: A guide for media

This guide explains how Civil Defence Emergency Management works, including the roles of CDEM Groups and the National Emergency Management Agency and where to get information.

About Civil Defence: A Guide for Media (.pdf 373kb) 

Tsunami Warnings: A guide for media

This guide explains the National Emergency Management Agency's role as provider of official tsunami warnings and advisories for New Zealand. It also describes the end-to-end tsunami warning process, and how the Agency, GNS Science, CDEM Groups, and the media can all work together to keep communities safe.

Tsunami Warnings: A Guide for Media (updated September 2020) (.pdf 1.5mb)

Emergency Mobile Alert: A guide for media

This guide explains how Emergency Mobile Alerts work and answers questions that media and their audiences may have. 

EMA Explained: A Guide for Media (.pdf 422KB). 

To sign is to be seen

Everyone has the right to accessible information in an emergency. NZ Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters help keep the Deaf community safe and informed.

This poster has been developed by Deaf Aotearoa, Whaikaha (formerly the Office for Disability Issues) and the National Emergency Management Agency to provide some tips so you can help NZSL interpreters get important messages across.

To sign is to be seen poster (.pdf 1.6mb)



Consistent Messages for CDEM

Consistent Messages for CDEM is a suite of nationally-agreed messages to support organisations in communicating to people to help them increase their resilience to hazard impacts.

It incorporates the latest science and best practice advice, using accessible language. Its messaging is people-centred – acknowledging not just the risks to people and property, but to mental health and wellbeing.

The content is organised around the 4 Rs of emergency management: risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery. It also collates messages applicable to all hazards, followed by hazard-specific sections.

Media, other organisations and individuals are welcome to use Consistent Messages for CDEM, attributing messaging to the National Emergency Management Agency.

Please note that emergency management agencies will issue their own tailored advice before, during and after emergencies, and Consistent Messages is designed to support and complement this.  We also encourage you to direct your audiences to, which provides multilingual advice to help people get ready for emergencies.

Consistent Messages for CDEM