Waitaki District falls partly within the Otago region and partly within the Canterbury region, 90% of its population living in the Otago region. The district incorporates the Ahuriri, Corriedale and Waihemo wards. The district reaches inland from the Waitaki River mouth, up the Waitaki River Valley, through Ohau to the top of the Ahuriri River Valley. It extends south along the east coast beyond Palmerston to Flag Swamp.
Waitaki District Council is part of the Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group which includes the four other local authorities within the Otago region and the Otago Regional Council. Waitaki District Council Civil Defence Emergency Management is legislated to provide a coordinated and integrated approach to the way significant risks and hazards are managed in our district across the 4R's:
For more information about hazards in the Otago region, visit Otago Regional Council's natural hazards portal
Before an emergency
For information about emergency preparation and planning, we recommend you visit getready.govt.nz/en/
During an emergency
In an emergency or event, we recommend you tune into one of the below radio stations or check out one of the social media sites to receive up to date information.
More FM - 100 FM
RNZ National - 101.4 FM & 810 AM
Newstalk ZB - 1395 AM
Oamaru Heritage Radio - 88.3 & 107 FM
Radio Waitaki - 104FM
The Hits - 98.4 FM
Oamaru FM - 91.2FM
The Breeze - 97.6 FM
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
We are working with communities across the district to develop emergency response plans. These are an important part of helping people understand how to prepare for emergencies, how they can support each other in time of need, and where they can expect to find help. Here are the plans that have been completed so far.
If life or property is at risk - call 111 (fire, police, ambulance)
WAITAKI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Emergency Management Advisor (Waitaki)
Centennial Memorial Building
1 Severn Street, Oamaru
DDI: 03 434 8561