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

Register to win survival kits

Register your email with us below. By registering, you will go in the draw to win one of 25 family survival kits worth $150, or, one of two $500 survival kits! There are also a number of other spot prizes up for grabs including grocery vouchers and essential disaster kit items!

Spot check week

We will be conducting a number of Spot Checks during the week of Monday 21 October to see whether you are on your way to sorting your kit out. These will be done by random selection of those registered. But don’t worry, you don’t have to participate in Spot Check week if you don’t want to. Those who do will be in to win some awesome prizes though – just saying!

If you weren’t able to get your hands on one of our limited edition reusable bags, you can still register for Spot Check Week. Simply enter your name and email below.


Follow the New Plymouth District Council Facebook page for regular updates, and the opportunity to go in the draw for more Sort ya Kit Out prizes that will help you and your family GET SORTED!

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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. 

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.