In the Waimakariri, we are all responsible for civil defence, for protecting ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our property - until other help arrives. Civil defence relies heavily on local resources and local organisations, with backing from regional and national resources as needed. There is no large full-time civil defence force standing by, so we and you need to rely on each other if we are to beat a disaster. Civil defence is managed by local government. Council resources, government departments, non-government organisations, community groups, trained volunteers and willing members of the public are all brought together by the Council’s civil defence staff to support the community during a disaster.
In times of emergency, the Waimakariri District Council will provide as much information to the community and visitors as possible through a variety of channels, including their website waimakariri.govt.nz and on Facebook @WaimakaririDistrictCouncil.
Radio stations are a vital means of getting the word out during a disaster event and are a great way to stay in the loop. Below is a list of radio frequencies for the district.
Compass FM - 104.9 FM
Signing up to Gets Ready is also a great way for residents to stay connected and informed before, during and after an emergency. It's a tool that allows for real-time alerts to be sent during an emergency, lets people register skills, resources or aid that they can provide during an emergency, and helps prepare neighbourhoods to be part of a coordinated community response. Head to the website below to sign up - it's quick and easy to register - then spread the word!
The Hazard App is a free application for smartphones and tablets. The app helps you learn about, prepare and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app provides useful information about hazards including floods, earthquakes, tsunami, fire, weather, pandemics and biosecurity risks. The Hazard App enables you to receive official emergency warnings and alerts according to your location or the locations of your friends and family.