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General Information

Emergencies and disasters can occur with little or no warning so it's important that everyone in the community prepares for such an event.

Civil Defence Emergency Management is not just a local government response to disaster - it is an integrated function that involves many agencies to ensure a comprehensive, collective and successful community response.

Hawkes Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

The Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups aims are:

  • To provide governance and oversight to ensure the resilience of the Hawke’s Bay communities to a wide range of hazards.
  • Agree on actions to improve the provision of civil defence emergency management services to the region’s communities.

It was established  in March 2003 as a result of the introduction of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act in December 2002.  Each local authority in Hawke’s Bay (Central Hawke’s Bay, Hastings, and Wairoa District Councils, Napier City Council, and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council), has joined together to form the HB CDEM Group.  Members of the CDEM Group are the Mayors from each local authority and the Chairman of the Regional Council.  

Are you prepared to survive a disaster?

General rules for civil defence emergencies:

  • Recognise the emergency warning system - the continuous sounding of the local fire siren - at least three to five minutes long.
  • Have a family plan and an emergency survival kit.
  • Listen to Central Fm for instructions 106FM 105.2FM 99.4FM.
  • Only use the phone in emergencies.
  • Look out for your neighbours and the elderly.
  • Know how to turn off your power and water.
  • Know what the threats are and what they can do to you.
  • Plan to counter their effects.
  • Don’t go sightseeing.
  • Plan how you will survive without normal resources such as power, phones, food, water and the emergency services.
  • Know what you will take if you have to evacuate.

Who Do I Call?

For any information to do with civil defence in the Central Hawke‘s Bay District, either e-mail Council or phone on +64 6 8578060. Council can advise you on:

  • Location of your nearest civil defence centre and how that centre functions in a civil defence emergency or disaster.
  • Details of the civil defence centre manager for your area.
  • Preparing an emergency survival kit and an emergency plan for your family.
  • What to do in any civil defence emergency or disaster.

Further civil defence management advice is available from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website.

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