Civil Defence

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Sort Ya Kit Out!

How sorted would you be if a disaster was to strike? 

Statistics show that a very small percentage of our community are readily prepared with the essentials required to survive as comfortably as possible if and when a disaster was to strike. We are therefore making it our mission to help you and your family sort ya kit out!

Some things to include in your kit, you can personalise it with other items important to you:

From the supermarket

  • Tinned food
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries
  • First aid items (paracetamol, plasters, antibacterial cream)
  • Matches
  • Toilet paper
  • Pet food

Additional items

  • Water
  • Emergency cash
  • First aid kit
  • Survival blanket
  • Warm clothing
  • Copies of important documents
  • Tarpaulin
  • Small radio
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification tablets
  • Medication for your family members

Let's get ready for the next one!

Join NPDC's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and help us respond to emergencies such as cyclones and flooding in New Plymouth District. You don't need emergency experience to volunteer - we'll train you!

Click here to fill out our volunteer registration form. 

For more information contact NPDC on 06-759 6060 or 


taranaki emergency management logo

The Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEM) is responsible for planning and preparing for a whole range of emergencies in Taranaki and for coordinating risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery.

We are part of the Taranaki CDEM group, along with representatives from Stratford and South Taranaki district councils and Taranaki Regional Council. The group is administered by Taranaki Regional Council.

Visit the Taranaki Emergency Management website to keep up to date. 

Civil defence text alerts

Taranaki Civil Defence manages a text alert system which will send a message to your phone in the event of an emergency. Find out more information about the text alerts here.

Hazard App

New Zealand Red Cross has teamed up with Civil Defence, GNS and MetService to help Kiwis make it safely through disasters.

The Hazard App sends you official warnings and alerts, tailored to your current and chosen locations, and contains step-by-step guides to help your household create an emergency plan and prepare getaway kits.

Information and disaster guides are also pre-loaded in the app so you have instant access, even without cell phone reception or an internet connection.

The app is available free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.