Covid-19 Alert Level 4 Eliminate
National State of Emergency declared 12.21pm on 25 March 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement to send New Zealand into lockdown is unprecedented in the country's history.
This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.
Eradicating the disease is vital to protect people’s health and ensure our health system can cope and look after New Zealanders who become sick.
For the channels of trusted information see Covid-19
Tsunami inundation maps released
19 Dec 2019 - Council released a new Tsunami Inundation Assessment Report and maps showing inundation zones for our region.
Council as the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group approved publishing the report following confirmation that the information met the required national standard for tsunami modelling.
The report and maps are based on new research into modelling of a local tsunami generated from a magnitude 8.9 earthquake centered in the Hikurangi Subduction Zone off the East Coast.
Chief Executive, Nedine Thatcher-Swann says a final review was requested to give assurance that the zones that could be affected by a local tsunami meet national guidelines.
Evacuation routes will be added to the maps as soon as we have them.
Being prepared for a disaster
It's important that you're 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.
♦ know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.
♦ 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(external link)
For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website(external link)
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
Review of our CDEM function
An internal review of Tairawhiti Civil Defence and Emergency Management was carried out in December 2018. Here's a summary of the 40 recommendations presented to the CDEM Meeting 9 May 2019(external link)