Civil Defence and Emergency Management

The Council has a responsibility in terms of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002 to prepare a Civil Defence Plan which sets out the functions, responsibilities, priorities and procedures to be followed in the event of a Civil Defence Emergency within the District.

A Civil Defence emergency exists when public safety is threatened and Civil Defence measures are needed to cope with the situation.

Council must react to the emergency and counteract the immediate effect of any disaster in the Waitomo District, to help residents return to living their lives, as normally as is possible, after an emergency.

Assembly points

Should people have to leave their homes they should go to their nearest school that will be called a Civil Defence Centre. Click here to find out how to get ready for an evacuation.






Be prepared for an Emergency 

In most emergencies, you should be able to remain in your home or at your workplace and in this expectation, you should prepare an Emergency Survival Kit.

Click here for a Household Emergency Plan template. (PDF, 130 Kb)

Protect your property during an earthquake

Emergency items

  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Radio with spare batteries (check all batteries every 3 months) 
  • A change of clothes for all family members (wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes) Emergency Survival Items
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
  • Face and dust masks

Food and water for at least three days

  • Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
  • Bottled water (at least 3 litres per person, per day for drinking)
  • Plan how to get water for washing and cooking (check your hot water cylinder, pond, toilet cistern if it is free of chemicals)
  • A primus or gas barbeque to cook on
  • A can opener
  • Check and replace food and water every twelve months.

Supplies for babies and small children

  • Food, formula and drink
  • Change of clothing and nappies
  • Toys or favourite activity

Assemble everything you need for your Emergency Survival Kit and store it somewhere that is easy to get to in an emergency situation. Make sure everyone in your house knows where your Emergency Survival Kit is kept. If you prefer to keep some of your Emergency Survival items in the house for everyday use, make sure you know where to find them quickly should an emergency occur.

If you would like to know more about Civil Defence in the Waitomo District, please contact the Customer Services Centre on (07) 878 0800.