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Emergency Management System Reform Programme Update October 2019

06 Nov 2019

12:11 PM

Just over one year ago, the Government announced Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies in New Zealand — its response to the Technical Advisory Group’s Ministerial Review recommendations. This update provides an overview of what’s been achieved so far in the Emergency Management System Reform and what’s on the horizon — both short-term and longer-term.

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Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day

05 Nov 2019

11:11 AM

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe.

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Put an emergency plan on your long weekend to-do list

25 Oct 2019

12:11 PM

Labour weekend is a great chance to catch up on all those things you’ve been meaning to do around the house, from cleaning out the guttering to making an emergency plan.

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To sign is to be seen

27 Sep 2019

10:11 AM

'To sign is to be seen' is a new poster resource that provides tips for media, camera operators and media briefing organisers to help New Zealand Sign Language interpreters get important messages across.

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Team to support emergency responses up and running

23 Sep 2019

04:11 PM

Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare today announced that the Emergency Management Assistance Team has been established and is ready to be deployed to provide support in an emergency response.

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Kermadec Islands Earthquake Post Event Report

03 Sep 2019

03:11 PM

The purpose of Kermadec Islands Earthquake Post Event Report is to provide an overview of the MCDEM response to the tsunami threat generated by a large earthquake in the Kermadec Islands on 16 June 2019. The report captures aspects of the response that may be improved and aspects that worked well.

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Tasman District Fire Response Post Event Report

09 Aug 2019

03:11 PM

The Tasman District Fire Response Post Event Report provides an overview of the MCDEM response to the impacts of the Tasman District fire from 5 to 27 February 2019. The report captures aspects of the response that may be improved and aspects that worked well.

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Review of Recoveries Report

28 Jun 2019

08:11 AM

The Review of Recoveries Report summarises the findings of the independent review of how recovery provisions of the CDEM Act supported the recoveries after the 2016 earthquakes and tsunami and the 2017 flooding in the Whakatāne District.

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Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan version 2.0 now available

20 Dec 2018

12:11 PM

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Tis the season to BEEEEEEEEEP - Nationwide test alert this Sunday

22 Nov 2018

04:11 PM

Note: this news item refers to the 2018 test. The 2019 nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will be held on the evening of 24 November 2019. You should expect to receive a test alert that evening sometime between 6 and 7 pm.

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Airbnb agreement to unlock emergency accommodation nationwide

22 Nov 2018

04:11 PM

A historic new agreement signed today will provide a nationwide boost to New Zealand’s emergency preparedness and response arrangements.

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Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert system

13 Nov 2018

03:11 PM

Note: this news item refers to the 2018 test. The 2019 nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will be held on the evening of 24 November 2019. You should expect to receive a test alert that evening sometime between 6 and 7 pm.

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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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