Emergency management

Operating from Regional House Palmerston North, Horizons' Emergency Management Office is involved in everything from lahars on Mount Ruapehu to oil spills in our rivers and sea.

As a region we believe it is vital we are prepared for any emergency that comes our way - which is why we are involved in flood management, readiness and response activities, marine oil spill preparedness, supporting the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group and much more.

Find out more about how Civil Defence works and our regional hazards or contact us for more information.

Event photos


* Please acknowledge Horizons Regional Council in any reproduction of this image.

Lahar video

Useful links:

  • http://www.getthru.govt.nz
    Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? Could you survive on your own for three or more days without power, phone or running water?
  • www.whatstheplanstan.org.nz
    For the kids...some cool tips on how to keep yourself, your family and even your pets safe in an emergency.
  • NIWA Met Study *Please note this is a large document (16MB)

    The NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) Met Study is a document prepared for Horizons Regional Council about the meteorological hazards and the potential impacts of climate change in our region.

  • NIWA map appendix
  • www.civildefence.govt.nz.
    Check out the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website for tips on being prepared and information on national CDEM planning.
  • www.geonet.org.nz
    Geonet provides real-time monitoring and data collection for rapid response and research into earthquake, volcano, landslide and tsunami hazards.
  • www.metservice.co.nz
    Everything you want to know about the weather! The weather today, warnings, maps, rural weather, skifield reports and more.