The Central Otago district covers an area of almost 10,000 square kilometres, and encompasses the electoral wards of Alexandra, Earnscleugh-Manuherikia, Cromwell, Maniototo and Teviot Valley. The key risks identified in Central Otago’s hazardscape are earthquake, flood, severe weather and snow events, landslides, wildfire and transport/hazardous material incidents. Localised community response planning is a key focus of civil defence and emergency management arrangements in Central Otago.
In times of emergency, the Central Otago District Council will provide as much information to our community and visitors as possible through a variety of channels, including our website www.codc.govt.nz and on Facebook www.facebook.com/centralotagodistrictcouncil.
Central Otago has also launched Gets Ready and we encourage residents and ratepayers to sign up. It's a tool that will allow Council to send real-time alerts during an emergency, lets people register friends or whānau that may need extra assistance in an emergency, lets people register skills, resources or aid that they can provide during an emergency, and helps prepare neighbourhoods to be part of a coordinated community response. Head to www.centralotago.getsready.net - it's quick and easy to register - then spread the word!
Radio stations are also a great way to stay in the loop and to hear the latest local information reports. Below is a list of radio frequencies for our district as well as some useful social media links for keeping in touch with local news. If you are a smart phone user download The Central App for free and get alert notifications pushed to your phone.
Maniototo Burn 729AM
More FM - 90.3 / 94.3FM
RNZ National - 101.5 FM
Newstalk ZB - 89.6FM / 95.1 FM / 90.6FM
Radio Central 91.9FM (Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell), 94.3FM (Teviot Valley), 104.3 (Maniototo)
Radio Live - 95.9FM
Radio Wanaka - 92.2FM
The Hits - 99.9FM
In a significant emergency, community emergency hubs will be set up in safe and accessible locations. Look for the yellow and black "Civil Defence Centre" flag outside.
The Central Otago District Council is a member of the Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group which is a consortium of local authorities, emergency services and other key stakeholders working together to help build resilient communities. The Council is responsible for delivering emergency management activities within the district that contribute to the joint initiatives of the group.
Download the New Zealand Red Cross Hazard App (free) from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store: Hazard App
The Hazard App is a free life-saving app for smartphones and tablets. The app helps you identify, prepare and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app is pre-loaded with information about hazards including floods, earthquakes, tsunami, fire, weather, epidemics and biosecurity risks. The Hazard App enables you to receive official emergency warnings and alerts according to your location or the locations of your friends and family.
If life or property is at risk - call 111 (fire, police, ambulance)
For general inquiries about civil defence in your community:
Phone: 03 440 0056
Emergency Management Advisor (Central)