Civil Defence

Natural disasters: how to get through

Wellington is vulnerable to natural disasters. For Ngaio and Crofton Downs, the greatest risk is from a major earthquake. This could cut Wellington off from the rest of the country, and could also cut Ngaio and Crofton Downs off from the rest of the city. We would all be reliant on each other to cope.

Civil Defence Centres

Civil Defence Centres have been set up by the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) to provide support and information to their surrounding communities. They do not store emergency food, water or other supplies.

Ngaio and Crofton Downs’ Civil Defence Centres are:

  • Ngaio School, 45 Abbott Street
  • Crofton Downs Primary School, 21 Chartwell Drive

How you can help

Civil Defence Centres always need volunteers. If you have first aid training, radio skills, project management experience, or if you want to help out in any other way, please contact:

  • Fiona King (04) 479 6186 for Ngaio
  • Cam Smart (04) 479 6379 for Crofton Downs
  • Or register online (WCC website)

Be prepared

Emergency preparedness guides:

You should:

Get informed.

  • Know what risks affect your home and workplace.
  • Learn how to turn off water, gas and power in an emergency.
  • Locate your nearest Civil Defence Centre.
  • Get to know your neighbours.

Get organised.

  • Have an emergency plan. (Civil Defence site)
  • Arrange a meeting place for your household.
  • Arrange for someone else to pick up your children if you can’t.

Get prepared.