The Four Rs of emergency management (reduction, readiness, response and recovery) outline what we do to improve the ability of Auckland to get through an emergency and to bounce back quickly.


Reducing risks from hazards to Auckland

Reduction identifies, analyses and evaluates the long-term risks to life, property and the environment from natural, biological and technological hazards. Some ways we do this include:

  • Hazard mapping and monitoring
  • Public awareness and education
  • Working with the wider Auckland Council family to include hazard mitigation strategies in their work. 


Awareness, preparedness and understanding

Readiness involves increasing community awareness, understanding, preparedness and participation in emergency management. Some ways we do this include:

  • Working with communities to grow their resilience and connectedness
  • Public awareness and education
  • Building relationships with emergency management partners.


Enhancing Auckland's capability to manage disasters

When disasters happen, we must be prepared to manage them. By enhancing Auckland's emergency management capability, we are more able to respond to community needs. Some ways we do this include:

  • Coordinating effective response with our emergency partners
  • Making sure our staff are ready to respond
  • Making use of the most innovative technologies available.



Enhancing Auckland's capability to recover from disasters

Recovery aims to re-establish the quality of life of the community following an emergency, helping it to bounce back or adjust to a new normal. Some ways we do this include:

  • Understanding how disasters unfold and how we can 'build back better' 
  • Developing business continuity plans
  • Collaboration with affected communities.