Civil Defence

Be prepared

Communities that are aware of hazards that may threaten them are able to respond best if they have plans in place to help them recover from emergencies.

What is Civil Defence Emergency Management?

Civil Defence Emergency Management is preparing for, and managing, the effects of disasters in a community. The aim is to achieve:

  • a reduction in the number, or effects, of disasters;
  • a community that is ready should a disaster occur;
  • a community able to respond effectively in a disaster; and 
  • a community that can organise recovery and quickly return to its usual activities after a disaster.

Your role in emergency management

survival kitsWhile organisations can help in an emergency, individuals are ultimately responsible for protecting themselves and their property from the effects of disasters.

In the event of a disaster, you should plan to be self-sufficient for at least the first 72 hours. Are you?


There are practical steps you can undertake to prepare for, and manage, the effects of disasters in your home:

  • reduce the likely effects of disasters;
  • make sure you are ready if a disaster occurs;
  • learn how to respond during, and immediately after, a disaster; and 
  • learn recovery activities to repair and restore your property after a disaster.

Acquiring knowledge, skills and equipment now will help you to manage better if a disaster does occur.

Get Ready, Get Thru

The Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management group have published some of the key information you need to help you be prepared for a civil defence emergency in Northland.

Download "Your guide to staying safe in Northland" from our Resource Library

Get more information on practical steps you can take to prepare.

Know your community

Knowing your community will help you to identify appropriate emergency management activities. Consider what hazards could occur in your local community and how this could affect you and your property.