National Civil Defence websites

Never Happens, Happens

Floods, storms, severe weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami and landslides can disrupt our lives, damage property and cause serious harm. The good news is, it’s easy to make sure you, and the people you care about, are ready to get through.

Get Ready, Get Thru

Get Ready, Get Thru - Information on how to get ready for an emergency, so you'll get through.

What's the Plan Stan?

What's the Plan Stan is an initiative which aims to (external link)support teachers to develop their students' knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond to and prepare for an emergency.

NZ ShakeOut

Helping people and organisations get better prepared for major earthquakes, and to participate in the national earthquake drill to practise ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ - the right action to take during an earthquake.


The free learning portal for civil defence emergency management in New Zealand.

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

At the national level, the Ministry provides policy advice to government, supports CDEM planning and operations, ensures there is coordination at local, regional and national levels, and manages the central government response for large scale civil defence emergencies that are beyond the capacity of local authorities. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is a business unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet(external link)