This section has information on Emergency Management and Civil Defence, and how you can prepare for an emergency.
WREMO - a new regional approach
The new Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO - the W is silent like in write) was launched on 2 July 2012 to manage Civil Defence Emergency Management services in support of the nine City, District, and Regional Councils of the Wellington region. This is an important development as disasters don’t abide by territorial boundaries and many of our people live in one part of the region and work in another. A shared approach to emergency management will enable our communities to be better prepared and will provide an ability to share resources to best effect.
WREMO is "home-based" in the earthquake-resistant Emergency Management building in Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington, and another purpose built facility in Laings Road, Hutt City. The WREMO staff however continue to work throughout the region, operating from Emergency Management Offices at Porirua, Kapiti, and Masterton.
This significant change sees Emergency Management restructured to provide two vital roles: building resilient communities, and building and maintaining the structures, systems and teams that will enable our community to respond and recover from disasters.
Emergencies happen every single day. Most of the time, these affect only a few people and can be dealt with by Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, and other medical services in our community.
Sometimes emergencies are much worse, and they can affect suburbs, cities, entire regions, maybe the whole country.
Dealing with these kinds of large-scale emergencies is what emergency management is all about - using science, technology, planning and management to get us ready, and get us through.
Here are some things you can do:
It’s Easy – Get prepared for an emergency
Find your nearest Civil Defence Centre
Learn about the local hazards in Porirua
Check our emergency status page to find out what is happening
Links to more emergency information
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office Facebook page
www.getprepared.co.nz – Preparedness in the Wellington Region
www.getthru.govt.nz – Learn how you and your family can get ready and get through
www.civildefence.govt.nz – Get the latest information on civil defence emergencies in NZ
www.geonet.org.nz – Find out about recent earthquakes in NZ
www.metservice.com – The latest on NZ weather