Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time so it's best to plan ahead and be prepared - which means thinking about yourself, your whānau, your neighbours and even your pets.
Make your first stop for what to do in a disaster the Otago Civil Defence and Emergency Management website, but you'll find other helpful hints and info in this section.
About Emergency Management
Civil defence emergency management is an all of Council effort. We have a local Emergency Management Officer and work closely with the Otago Regional Civil Defence and Emergency team. We also work closely with other agencies and local community groups to ensure we can all respond effectively and efficiently together in an emergency.
In the event of an actual or potential emergency, whether it's a declared emergency or not, an incident management team is formed to set priorities and coordinate a response. Emergency, medical and health services, utilities operators and welfare agencies will continue to manage their organisations and individual responses, but in an emergency they are required to do so under the coordination of the Local Controller.