Hamilton City Civil Defence

Hamilton City Council has a duty under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 to provide Civil Defence and Emergency Management services within its boundaries and ensure that it is able to function to the fullest possible extent, even though this may be at a reduced level, during and after an emergency.

Hamilton City Council has an in-house Emergency Operations Centres that is available to activate in any emergency or incident that requires a coordinated 'one stop shop' venue. Designed to meet the needs of the entire organisation and has the ability to activate at a moments notice with professional staff operating.

Hamilton City Council is part of the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group which includes ten other local authorities within the Waikato Region. This group provides guidance, hazard information, strategic support and operational advice to Hamilton City Council during, before and after an emergency.

Hamilton City Council provides training to staff that form the Emergency Response Team. These response staff have been trained in Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Centre & Welfare Centre operations and are ready to respond at anytime.

Hamilton City Council also operates an Emergency Response Vehicle which is deployed to an incident where on scene control and coordination may be required. This vehicle is equipped with specialist communications equipment, incident management facilities and supported sheltering.

To learn more about the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, click their logo below to be taken to their website.

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Wanting to volunteer?

Civil Defence is all about communities helping communities. Community organisations are all ways on the lookout for people to train as response volunteers. Some examples are listed below, you may wish to contact them to see how you can help.

Volunteering Waikato - Providing Volunteer coordination throughout the Waikato

NZ Red Cross - Community Welfare & Rescue Teams.

St John Ambulance - Community services, Events & Frontline Ambulance Services throughout NZ

Land Search and Rescue - Land based rescue teams throughout New Zealand.

NZ Fire Service - New Zealand's primary Fire & Rescue service.

You can access how to download an excellent disaster management app at this link:

​There's also really useful information in this PDF looking at natural hazards Hamilton faces:​
​Overview of natural hazards for Hamilton (PDF, 1MB)​​​

Page reviewed: 20 Jun 2019 7:10pm