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Team to support emergency responses up and running

23 Sep 2019

04:09 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

03:09 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

03:09 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

08:09 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

12:09 PM

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Tis the season to BEEEEEEEEEP - Nationwide test alert this Sunday

22 Nov 2018

04:09 PM

It’s not just Christmas that comes once a year. This Sunday, on 25 November, about three million phones are expected to chime - not with Jingle Bells, but with a loud noise marking the annual nationwide test alert from the Emergency Mobile Alert system.

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Airbnb agreement to unlock emergency accommodation nationwide

22 Nov 2018

04:09 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

03:09 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

02:09 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

11:09 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

10:09 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

10:09 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

03:09 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

08:09 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

11:09 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

01:09 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

11:09 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

02:09 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

01:09 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

10:09 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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