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Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert system

13 Nov 2018

03:11 PM

A nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will be undertaken on Sunday 25 November between 6pm and 7pm.

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Media release: Feedback sought on proposed National Disaster Resilience Strategy

19 Oct 2018

02:11 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say about the future of disaster resilience in New Zealand.

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Media release: Tsunami can arrive in minutes – have a plan to evacuate

09 Oct 2018

11:11 AM

The tragic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia is a reminder for New Zealanders of the importance of knowing how to stay safe in the event of a tsunami.

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Media key to better emergency information for diverse communities

03 Aug 2018

10:11 AM

Civil Defence Emergency Management authorities and media are joining forces to ensure better access to emergency information for diverse communities.

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New Zealand ShakeOut 2018

02 Jul 2018

10:11 AM

In June Civil Defence Minister Hon. Kris Faafoi launched New Zealand ShakeOut 2018, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi (walk out), on 6 June at Wilford School in Wellington.

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Deaf communities to get better emergency information

09 May 2018

03:11 PM

Deaf communities will have improved access to emergency information as the result of a new agreement signed today, says Civil Defence Minister Hon Kris Faafoi.

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Media Release: Time to plan ahead as Gita gears towards NZ

19 Feb 2018

08:11 AM

Now is a good time to think ahead about how Cyclone Gita might impact you and your household, and plan accordingly, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is advising the public.

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Media Release: Encouraging start for Emergency Mobile Alert

09 Feb 2018

11:11 AM

New Zealand’s new Emergency Mobile Alert system has been well received by New Zealanders, according to an independent survey commissioned by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

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Report on response to natural disasters and emergencies released

18 Jan 2018

01:11 PM

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi has released a report into how New Zealand responds to natural disasters and emergencies.

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November 2016 earthquake recovery story now live

20 Dec 2017

11:11 AM

On 14 November 2016, Kaikōura and North Canterbury experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that had wide reaching impacts on New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The November 2016 Earthquake recover Story pulls together the many strands of support that government and councils have provided to help people back to a new normal.

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Emergency Mobile Alert – Live Nationwide Test Notification

22 Nov 2017

02:11 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is leading the implementation of Emergency Mobile Alert, New Zealand’s new nationwide emergency alert channel. A live nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will be held on 26 November 2017 between 6pm and 7pm.

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Tsunami awareness saves lives

03 Nov 2017

01:11 PM

World Tsunami Awareness Day on Sunday 5 November is a chance for all of us to find out more about tsunami and how to prepare for them, Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi says.

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New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment: Stage 1 report now available

06 Oct 2017

10:11 AM

The New Zealand Lifelines Council has completed the report ‘New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment: Stage 1 September 2017’ which provides a summary of New Zealand’s national lifelines infrastructure and vulnerability to hazards.

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Emergency Mobile Alert test

04 Oct 2017

09:11 AM

We apologise to those who have received test emergency alerts in the early hours of 4 October 2017.

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Recovery information updated

08 Sep 2017

02:11 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management have updated the information on this website about recovery. The updated content includes information about recovery planning and the role and powers of Recovery Managers.

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Conference 2017 - Videos now available

23 Aug 2017

09:11 AM

We videoed the speakers from this years Future of Emergency Management Conference to help us share the lessons and ideas from our domestic and international experts and speakers as far and wide as possible. These are now available via our Youtube channel.

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Results of the Disaster Preparedness Survey for 2017 now available

08 Aug 2017

02:11 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has released the results of the Colmar Brunton disaster preparedness survey for 2017. This annual survey of 1000 New Zealanders assesses disaster preparedness and the effectiveness of our public education programme.

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Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan version 1.1 now available

24 Jul 2017

09:11 AM

This version (1.1) of the WENIRP has been developed post the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake in order to ensure that, if a major aftershock occurred affecting the Wellington region, an effective response could be initiated.

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Exercise Tangaroa post-exercise report.

21 Jun 2017

01:11 PM

This report provides an overview of Exercise Tangaroa 2016 and summarises the key findings derived from evaluation and feedback provided about the Exercise

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Kaikoura Earthquake and Tsunami: 14 November 2016 Post Event Report (MCDEM response)

04 May 2017

02:11 PM

The Kaikoura Earthquake and Tsunami: 14 November 2016 Post Event Report (MCDEM response) outlines the Ministry’s response to the Kaikoura earthquake and tsunami on 14 November 2016.

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