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Civil Defence and Emergency Management

This page describes how civil defence and emergency management operates in the region, and information about how to be prepared for an emergency.

Preparing for Emergencies

Information on how to prepare for civil defence emergencies is located at the website of the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and on Happens.nz website. Find out how to prepare for our most likely emergencies, such as floods, earthquakes, pandemics and tsunamis, power outages and more.

During Emergencies

Listen to your radio at the frequencies listed on the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website. The Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website will also keep you updated.


Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan

Read the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan.

Red Cross Hazard App

This page provides information about the Red Cross Hazard App - a free tool to help you and your family prepare and respond to hazards.

Rural Fire Control

Find out about fire control and outdoor fires in rural areas.

Tsunami Evacuation Maps

View the tsunami evacuation maps for our region.


Plan for an Emergency

The best advice for an emergency is to be prepared. Use these resources:

Regional Delivery

The Council plays an important role in response and recovery during natural disasters. We also support the rural firefighters who play a valuable role in our community.

Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council deliver civil defence on a joint basis as the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group. The vision of the CDEM Group is to build “A resilient Nelson Tasman community”.

Civil Defence services are provided by the Nelson Tasman Emergency Management Office. Other council staff are also heavily involved in preparing for and responding to civil defence events. For example, the council monitors river flows and rainfall, and has a major role in alleviating the effects of flooding.

Contact Information

Nelson Tasman Emergency Management Office

(for general inquiries about civil defence)
Office hours phone: 03 546 9500
After hours phone: 03 546 0200
Email: Civil Defence Emergency Management

Further Information