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The siren you hear in Kaikoura is a fire siren for local volunteer firefighters. It is not an evacuation siren.


Upcoming Training/Events

Kaikoura Cares by Being Prepared: Civil Defence Workshop

This workshop will help you, your family and neighbourhood become better prepared for emergencies, understand how Civil Defence works (and doesn’t work) in New Zealand and to share disaster tips. We will also have a bit a fun along the way. No role playing, promise!

Dates: 9th August

Times:   10-12pm  OR   6pm to 8pm

Location: The Function Room, 2nd floor, Civic Centre

RSVP: Email: or call 319 5026. Walk-ins on the day are welcome.


Three steps to get ready for a disaster: 

Emergencies and disasters can occur with little or no warning. Civil Defence starts with everyone getting prepared before anything happens - remember 'we are all Civil Defence'.  In the days and weeks after a disaster, Civil Defence means everyone helping themselves, their families and communities to respond and recover as best they can.

1. Make a plan - 'Prepared not scared' is our motto in the Kaikoura District. We live in a wild and beautiful place but this means we need to be able to take care of ourselves and our community in an emergency. We may be isolated for days or weeks. Do your part to help so that we can help those who can’t help themselves on the day. You can make a plan by:

2.  Know your Tsunami survival

3. Know where you'll be able to get information after a disaster 

In an emergency, the radio is your best source of information. Make sure you have a radio with fresh batteries or a self-generated power source (like a wind up radio)  that picks up these stations where you live.

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Natural Hazards in Canterbury

The table below identifies risks for the entire Canterbury area.  The biggest civil defence challenges for Kaikoura are circled.

Risk Matrix