Civil Defence

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

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. 

Seismic monitoring

To ensure adequate and early warning of any volcanic activity, the Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has installed the Taranaki Volcano Seismic Network: A group of five seismometers designed to gather accurate information about earthquake activity. From this information it can be determined if it is a volcanic earthquake.

The seismometers have been installed at five sites at various altitudes. This monitoring may provide weeks or even months of warning that something is starting to happen under the mountain.

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 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.