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Community Ready

Learn more about how you can help keep your community safe

Get to know your neighbours

Get to know your neighbours and participate in your community – you are each other’s front line.

New Zealand has a culture of resilience that means individuals and families/whānau, businesses and organisations, and communities and hapū are empowered to take action to reduce their risks, connect with others and build your communities resilience to shocks and stresses.

In an emergency or disaster situation, you'll need to know how to get important information and how to connect with people around you in your community.

Now is a good time to connect so you'll be ready if a disaster situation occurs. It makes everyday life much more enjoyable! It's by doing things together that communities begin to thrive, adapt and get stronger:

  • Share contact details with your neighbours so you can contact one another if an emergency occurs
  • Tell your neighbours about your emergency plan and ask about their plans
  • Find out who amongst your neighbours may be able to help you or may need your help in a disaster
  • Create a network with at least 3 other people where you will let each other know that a Civil Defence alert has been issued.
  • Get involved in your community’s events

Understand the risks to your community

Auckland’s geographical location, diverse coastline and mild climate make it a great place to live. It can also make the region prone to many natural hazards.

A hazard is something that is a danger or risk. We think of these as events that can negatively affect what we value - our communities, economy, and environment. Flooding, severe weather and coastal inundation are common events in Auckland; less so are volcanic activity, tsunami, or earthquakes.

These natural hazard events can happen anywhere, any time and without warning. Being prepared for emergencies is the best way to stay safe.

Use these maps to see if they could affect where you live, work or play and to start conversations with your family and friends about what you would do in an emergency. 

Have a look at some of the hazards that have happened in Aucklands past and may have impacted your area.


Planning for disaster resilience in your community

When a disaster strikes, it is often community members who are the first to respond and offer assistance. Practical help for people in need comes mostly from neighbours, whānau and friends living nearby or existing local community groups, faith-based organisations and volunteer organisations, such as Neighbourhood Support, Lions, Rotary, Salvation Army, Residents Association or sports clubs. Further assistance can come from social or interest groups you identify with or belong to.

The agencies that respond to the emergency, such as Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Police, Ambulance, and Auckland Emergency Management (who co-ordinate reduction, readiness, response and recovery activities across Auckland) are better able to prioritise their disaster response work if communities also act for themselves and others. We need to work together for the safety and wellbeing of all.

No one knows your community better than you and the people in it. Auckland Emergency Management encourages all communities to come together and talk about how to get ready and plan what you will do during an emergency.

There are a number of resources available to assist your community to build disaster resilience, such as the Community Resilience Plans. These plans can help your community identify how they can support one another before, during and after an emergency. Download the Community Resilience Plan Template (save a copy to your computer before you start to fill it in) and complete each section by working through the easy to follow steps in the Community Resilience Planning Guide.


Downloadable resources:

Local Boards

Local Boards are currently developing their Response Plans tailored for their community. 

Check here to go to individual Local Boards. 






Local Boards

additional community readiness resources

Community Emergency Hub Guide
Community Emergency Hub Guide
Community Emergency Hub Guide

Community Emergency Hubs are pre-identified, community-led places that can support a community to coordinate their efforts to help each other during and after an emergency. The guide has four sections to help you get started.

Resilient Religious Communities Guide
Resilient Religious Communities Guide
Resilient Religious Communities Guide (Web version)

The guide has been developed for religious leaders and their volunteers to enhance their response to emergencies – from planning through to recovery. This includes those already actively involved or those interested in becoming more involved.

Resilient Religious Communities - Translated Emergency Preparedness Plan