Neighbours helping neighbours is how communities respond to disasters, and Neighbours Day is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours.

In conjunction with Tawa New World, we're hosting a Neighbours Day event in the mall on Saturday 25th of March from 10am - 3pm.

You can find out about your local Community Emergency Hubs (formerly known as Civil Defence Centres) - how they work...
View details ⇨

Neighbours Day - Tawa Mall


The coolest of the cool came along today to our Emergency Planning Workshop for Schools and Early Childhood Centres! We had a full house of participants ranging from High School, Primary, Early Childhood and Play Centres across the Hutt Valley. There was some great discussion and brilliant tips shared amongst the groups.

If you are a parent - do you know...
View details ⇨

Josh was last week’s winner of a Grab&Go bag and is now more prepared. The correct answer was our lovely Kapiti Island.
You can go in the draw this week if you send an email to and tell us what regional landmark you can spot in this week’s image!
Entries have to be in by 12 noon this Friday 24th of March. - Trace
On Sunday 19 March members of the Te Horo Community gathered at the Te Horo Community Hall to develop Te Horo's Community Response Plan (pictured).

An outcome of the Community Response Planning process is to identify local assets that could be used in a disaster to support the Te Horo community if it was isolated and working on its own for a short period of time. This information is then...
View details ⇨

Welcome | Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO)
If this beautiful morning isn't enough reason to get out of the house, then the Life Flight Trust open day should be! Bring the kids and check out the rescue helicopter, the air ambulance, the airport fire truck, the bomb squad robot, and a bunch of other emergency services. WREMO will be there talking about the tsunami evacuation zones and all things emergency preparedness. Come say hi at the...
View details ⇨

Life Flight Open Day


Tell us what regional landmark you spot in this image.

Send your entry to by 12pm Friday 17/3 and go into our weekly draw.

We’re holding a competition each week for the next three weeks. So look out for our jelly bean people and getting prepared posters in trains and around the place.
- Trace
Our friends at GeoNet are about to go live with their event "Kaikoura Four Months on" - Sarah

Edit: the Live event is available on the Geonet Facebook page: [ Link ]

GeoNet Live: Kaikoura Four Months On

Wellington releases its Resilience Strategy this week as part of the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities programme.

This network is all about sharing resilience-building ideas from cities all around the world, and last year I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to partner city, Boulder, Colorado, to contribute to the development of their Better Together Resilience Workshops as part of...
View details ⇨
Take care on the roads if you have to venture out of the house today!! We've had a decent amount of rain this morning and it will continue until later this afternoon. - Lisa
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING – The MetService has issued a HEAVY RAIN warning for KAPITI COAST and WELLINGTON. From 6am to 4pm today, we can expect 50-70mm of rain. Thunderstorms are possible this morning… I’ve already heard thunder out my window in Wellington City! Check out MetService for more information. [ Link ] - Lisa

MetService New Zealand

Yesterday was International Women's Day and we want to shout out to all the brilliant women working in the Emergency Management sector and say, you are AWESOME!

We have a bunch here at WREMO who I have the privilege to work alongside every day, (like Rebecca here as a Response Manager during the November earthquake).

To all the women who run our Emergency...
View details ⇨
As the rain arrives in the region, 29 years ago we had it a lot worse! - Kerry
Neighbours are one of your best sources of help in an emergency, so make opportunity to get to know them! - Kerry
What great day down at the Newtown Street Fair! We're here talking about knowing your tsunami zone and how to store emergency water. Come say hi - Jason
Lower Hutt will get blue lines this year. Blue lines are road markings that show where coastal communities need to move beyond in the event of a tsunami. Come along to one of two public meetings this week to hear more about the science of blue lines from WREMO, GNS Science and Hutt City Council. Wednesday 8 March, Muritai Primary School, Eastbourne and Thursday 9 March Hutt Central Primary...
View details ⇨
SCIENCE FRIDAY! Here's a great post from our friends at Geonet about why they do earthquake forecasting (not predicting) and how that relates to Grandma's fine China. Have a good weekend! - Kerry

[ Link ]

Earthquake forecasts – So why do we do earthquake forecasting?
It's all go down at Te Roto Drive in Paraparaumu. We're here talking emergency preparedness, have tsunami maps for you to check out and a grab and go getaway kit challenge happening. Come say hi!! ????#expressyourself
Can't get hold of a water tank? Visit the neighbours!

Neighbouring council, that is. We understand that it's a bit tricky to get hold of the emergency water tanks in Wellington City at the moment, especially with such high demand.

The good news is, ALL of the councils in the Wellington Region sell the tanks, so it might actually be easier to pop to the neighbouring district to grab one. ...
View details ⇨

Hint – it’s not that can of beans you’ve been hiding under your bed.
Still thinking?

It’s your pre-existing relationships. The evidence demonstrates time and again that it’s these relationships that you are going to lean on in times of stress.

Check out this article by Prof Daniel Aldrich about the vital role of social networks...
View details ⇨

Recovering from disasters: Social networks matter more than bottled water and batteries
A guest post from our friends at Capital & Coast District Health Board!

For people with diabetes, being prepared in the event of a disaster, includes having access to your medication or insulin at all times. At Capital and Coast DHB we have prepared this checklist to make it easier to plan and prepare your Diabetes Emergency Survival Kit. In light of our recent weather events and...
View details ⇨

Diabetes: emergency survival kit | CCDHB