Stay Safe, Stay Informed.

It’s Get Ready Week from 9 to 15 October and this year’s theme is Stay Safe, Stay Informed.

Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed.

During the week Civil Defence will be promoting the different ways people can stay informed during an emergency – which radio stations to listen to, which website and social media to follow, the importance of getting to know your neighbours and checking if you can receive Emergency Mobile Alerts (available end of 2017).

You can also download the Red Cross Hazards app to receive emergency alerts in Christchurch.


If the power goes out, a solar or battery powered radio (or your car radio) can help you keep up to date with the latest news, In an emergency, tune to these stations:

  • Radio New Zealand
  • The Hits
  • NewstalkZB
  • MoreFM
  • Radio Live


For local updates, check the Christchurch City Council website and the Christchurch CDEM Facebook page.

Know your neighbours

There’s strength in numbers. In an emergency, you can work with your neighbours to get through.

Neighbourhood Support Groups bring local people together to create safe, supportive and connected communities.

Join the Christchurch Gets Ready database here.

Emergency Mobile Alert (coming soon)

Emergency Mobile Alert will be a new way of receiving information about emergencies in your area. If your life, health or property is in danger, Emergency Mobile Alerts can be sent to your mobile, without needing to sign up or download an app. Emergency Mobile Alert is expected to be available by the end of 2017.