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Current Status

There is no current state of emergency.

Emergency Management Southland has an important role in delivering support to the community in times when it is needed most.
Southland’s geology, geography and climate can, and do, expose us to hazards whether they are natural or man-made.

Will you be prepared for a significant emergency? This website is a tool intended to provide up-to-date information on emergencies when they happen, what to do in an emergency and how you best can prepare yourself and your family.

What is Emergency Management Southland?

Emergency Management Southland is a stand-alone entity who, on behalf of the four councils in Southland, deliver their responsibilities for Civil Defence Emergency Management under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 to the Southland community.

Civil Defence Emergency Management delivery is enhanced through a series of partnerships between many different organisations: the councils, emergency services, community agencies and the wider community.

You can find out more about Civil Defence Emergency Management here on the About Us page.

Submissions now open – draft Group Plan

Emergency Management Southland has prepared a new draft of the Southland Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group Plan, which will be the guiding document for the organisation and its partners from 2017-2022.

A key focus of this Group Plan is community engagement, and how Emergency Management Southland can best work effectively and efficiently with all areas of the community. The Plan sets three clear goals for the next five years:

  1. An increased community awareness of the hazards in their area;

  2. Communities taking greater ownership of their own readiness to minimise the impact of an emergency on their lives;

  3. Provide a leading document that CDEM partner agencies can use to support their business planning.

A copy of the draft Plan and submission form are available for download below, or printed copies can be read at council offices, service centres and libraries around the region.

Download the draft Group Plan (PDF)
Download a submission form (PDF)

Note: To ensure data is saved to the submission form, download the form to your device before filling it in.

Email your completed submission to ems@civildefencesouthland.govt.nz by 5.00pm Friday 16 September 2016, or post your signed submission to:

Angus McKay, Manager EMS
Private Bag 90116
Invercargill 9840

Anyone can make a written submission on the draft Plan. Submissions must include your name, postal address, phone number, email address and whether you wish to speak at a hearing on your submission. You can submit on any aspect of the plan, supporting or opposing, or suggesting alternative ideas.

If anyone asks to be heard in support of their submission, a hearing will be held.

For more information, call 0800 76 88 45 and ask for Emergency Management Southland, or send an email to ems@civildefencesouthland.govt.nz.

Who to contact in an emergency?

For every-day emergencies (such as fires, car crashes, accidents etc), dial 111 and request whichever emergency service can best respond to you, Fire Service, Police or Ambulance.

If your home is directly threatened by flooding, storms, gales or other natural phenomenon, dial 111. If the threat is more general, you are likely to receive instructions over the radio or possibly television. We encourage you to listen to your local radio station or watch your local television channel.


As well as the information you will find on this website there are other helpful resources available.

Get Ready Get Thru

Emergencies like earthquakes, tsunami, floods and storms can strike at any time, sometimes without warning. All emergencies have the potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives. So it is vital that you prepare now to protect yourself, your family, home, business and community.

The information in the website will show you how to get ready, so you'll get through.

What's the plan Stan

What's the plan Stan is a Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management initiative for primary and intermediate schools featuring Stan the dog and five children – Dan, Ana, Frankie, Matt and Beth. What's The Plan Stan seeks to improve awareness and understanding of the hazards we face in New Zealand. It also promotes emergency preparedness in primary and intermediate schools by providing teachers and students with the knowledge and skills to act in a safe manner when an emergency occurs.

Another resource available is Horizons Regional Council’s ‘Surviva’  this is an interactive ‘Get Ready’ game that is fun for all the family visit http://surviva.inccreative.co.nz/ to play.

Important Links

Here is a handful of useful links to use in an emergency to get up to date information:

AA Road Watch AA Road Watch
Shows you live traffic incident information for 95% of New Zealand's roads. Check AA Roadwatch before you travel and be prepared.
Environment Southland Rivers & Rainfall Environment Southland Rivers & Rainfall
Provides data captured from their Monitoring Stations, updated every 15 minutes.
Monitors geological hazards recording their location, size, date and time of occurrence.
MetService MetService
Provides up to date weather information along with a long range forecast for most major towns and cities.
Southland's Tsunami Risk Southland's Tsunami Risk
Is a youtube video on the risk of tsunami for Southland and actions to take to avoid the waves.

Current Media Releases

The following media release has been released by the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group:

21/08/2016 21:08 :- Natural hazard awareness key goal of new Plan

Increasing Southlander’s awareness of natural hazards in their area is one of the goals set out in Emergency Management .... read more


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  • Posted: Wednesday 9th of March 2016 10:34

    Wind warning for Southland Fiordland and Stewart Island. Winds of 120km expected from midnight thu Thursday. More at https://t.co/Fnv5sjkYfH

  • Posted: Friday 27th of November 2015 09:12

    The Severe Weather Warning for both Southland and Fiordland have now been cancelled.

  • Posted: Wednesday 25th of November 2015 12:19

    Severe wind gusts 130-160km/hr in exposed places Thurs noon till Friday am for Sthland & F'land Plus heavy rain for F'land. Buckle down

  • Posted: Tuesday 27th of October 2015 16:17

    To stop twitter alerts, text OFF to 8987. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Posted: Tuesday 27th of October 2015 16:14

    We no longer use twitter as an alerting system. Text START to 219 for our text alerts. The brochure with the ICC rates has the old number :(