The Clutha District covers an area of about 6362 square kilometres, mainly in farmland with townships and small communities spread throughout. The geography of the Clutha District is dominated by the valley of the Clutha River, which flows southeast from the lakes of Central Otago, bisecting the Clutha District and reaching the Pacific Ocean via two river mouths, one of which is not far from Kaitangata, the other is closer to Kaka Point. The two branches of the river (the Matau and the Kouau) form the island of Inch Clutha. To the south of this is the rough bush country of the Catlins, with its forests and rugged coastline. To the north of the Clutha valley is mainly rolling hill country, with the plain of the Tokomairaro River to the northeast, along with Lake Waihola and Lake Waipori, which are part of the catchment of the Taieri River. The Waipori River, the Taieri's largest tributary, forms the northeastern border of Clutha District.
Clutha District Council is part of Emergency Management Otago which includes the four other local authorities within the Otago region and the Otago Regional Council.
Clutha District Council is legislated to provide a coordinated and integrated approach to the way significant risks and hazards are managed across the 4R's:
For more information about hazards in the Clutha district, visit Otago Regional Council's natural hazards portal
For information about emergency preparation and planning, we recommend you visit Get Ready
During an emergency
In an emergency or event, follow your local Council pages and Emergency Management Otago on Facebook or Twitter.
Radio stations are also a great way to stay informed and to hear the latest local updates.
Below is a list of radio frequencies for the Clutha district as well as some useful social media links for keeping in touch.
93.7 FM (South Otago from Clinton),
92.9 FM (Balclutha)
107.1 FM (from Lawrence).
94.8 FM (Southland)
91.3 FM & 88.3 FM (South Otago)
95.2 FM (West Otago)
101.4 FM / 810 AM.
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 you're interested in offering your services as a volunteer, there are a number of organisations you can contact.
If you would like to help out in a welfare capacity contact:
The Red Cross: www.redcross.org.nz
The Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org.nz/about-us/volunteer-with-us
If life or property is at risk - call 111 (fire, police, ambulance)
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISOR
Emergency Management Advisor (Clutha)