It's important to know the different ways you can stay informed during an emergency. 


If the power goes out, a solar- or battery-powered radio (or your car radio) can help you keep up to date with the latest news. In an emergency, tune to these stations:

Check with your Civil Defence Emergency Management Group to find out what local stations they recommend you should listen to during an emergency.

Emergency Mobile Alert

Emergency Mobile Alert is a way of receiving information about emergencies in your area. If your life, health or property is in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be sent to your mobile. You don't to sign up or download an app.

Learn more about Emergency Mobile Alert
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For local updates, check your council’s website and social media. As well as your Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website and social media.

National updates will be available on the National Emergency Management Agency's website(external link).

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Find emergency and disaster updates from the National Emergency Management Agency. For advice on preparing for disasters follow the @NZGetReady Twitter channel.

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Find official emergency information and advice on how to be better prepared for disasters in New Zealand. Find out and discuss how to prepare for an emergency, cope during an event, and recover quickly.

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Find your local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.

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Find out more about the National Emergency Management Agency.

Know your neighbours

Get to know your neighbours. In an emergency, you’ll be able to help each other while civil defence and emergency services are busy helping people who need them most. Get involved in your community and get to know your neighbours before an emergency happens.