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.

Exercise Tangaroa 2016 is a Tier 4 (national) exercise led by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) that will be conducted over three days in 2016: 31 August, 14 September, and 28 September. Exercise Tangaroa is based on a regional source tsunami (generated less than three hours travel time away from the nearest New Zealand coastline) that impacts the entire New Zealand coastline.

The overall exercise aim is to test New Zealand’s arrangements for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a national tsunami impact.

Participating agencies include all 16 CDEM Groups, some central government agencies, emergency services, lifeline utilities, and other agencies and organisations. The bulk of the Exercise will not be publically visible as the Exercise has not been designed to involve the public. 

To find out more visit the Civil Defence website.

To view the factsheet 'What is a tsunami' click here (PDF, 882 Kb).



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.