Civil Defence

Disasters can and do strike at any time.

Civil Defence workers

In the event of a disaster, resources will be stretched, and immediate help may not be available.

Could you and your family survive for more than three days without water, food or power?

Find out what you, your family and your community can do to be prepared and what to do in an emergency event.



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Red Cross Hazard App

The New Zealand Red Cross have a Hazard App(external link) to help you and your family prepare for and respond to hazards in New Zealand.

The app is a vital tool to help you get through emergencies and get disaster alerts.

Council's role in emergencies

The Christchurch City Council is a member of the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.


Are you keen to assist your local community in the event of an emergency? Become a volunteer.