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Emergency management for Tairāwhiti district

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Tsunami evacuation maps

Check the evacuation maps for the city and coastal communities

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Environmental Monitoring

Monitor hourly updates to rainfall, predicted and actual river levels

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Road Information

Check the closed roads and those requiring caution

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Earthquake advice

Long or Strong be gone small

Long or strong, be gone, we have no tsunami sirens in the Tairawhiti region.

If you feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts more than a minute - move immediately to higher ground or inland.
Check the tsunami evacuation maps

Unofficial warnings

You may receive informal or unofficial warnings from other sources, but for our region please check with us, we will post on our website and Facebook page.
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Be prepared

For information on how to be prepared and what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Earthquake advice and information 

Are you interested in our emergency manager giving a presentation to your business, organisation or community group regarding hazard events that hit our district? If you are, register with our EM Support Officer by leaving your name and either business, organisation, community group name and contact number.

It's important that you are prepared for a disaster. Get ready now so that you're better prepared to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more.

As a minimum, everyone needs:

  • enough food in your home to last 2-3 days
  • to know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.  Store some water if a warning is issued, fill containers immediately after a large earthquake
  • alternative lighting - a torch with spare batteries or a wind up one, gas lantern or light-sticks
  • a battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort   
  • a first-aid kit, make sure you have essential medications
  • blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing
  • alternative cooking methods - BBQ or gas cooker
  • to store important family documents where you can get them easily
  • an emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated

Rain and river levels - check environmental monitoring

For local road conditions - check our road updates

For state highway updates - go to NZTA's website

For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website  

Find out if you live or work in a Tsunami hazard area and what is a tsunami

We will broadcast over these stations during an emergency:

  • 945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB
  • 585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou
  • 90.9 FM - ZGFM
  • 98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou
  • 98.9 FM - More FM (Urban Gisborne)
  • 90.1 FM - More FM (Rural areas)
  • 94.9 FM - Radio Live
  • 95.7 FM - Turanga FM
  • 88.5 FM - Uawa
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