Alert Information

Natural alerts

If you are at the coast and experience any of the following:

  • Feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • See a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • Hear loud and unusual noises from the sea​

Do not wait for an offical alert. If an earthquake is long or strong get gone.

​​​​Listen to your radio​

In an emergency or Civil Defence event, we recommend you tune into the 1XX radio station​ to receive up to date messages and information.

Text alerts

The alerts will let you know if there’s a significant emergency in the region.

You won’t get inundated with texts as the system is only used for significant threats to life or property where time is critical. The media, websites and social media sites such as Facebook will continue to be used for other alerts, warnings and general information.

Free sign up​ to this service is available on the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website.​​


In a civil defence emergency and if you are able, you can tune into TVNZ and TV3 for updates about what's happening around you.​


Social media helps many people to keep in touch and also keeps people posted on what's happening.  Facebook is also a good resource to help people in an emergency. 

You can keep an eye out on the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Facebook page or the Opotiki District Council Facebook page​.


Follow updates on the Bay of Plenty Emergency Management website and the News page on this website.

Emergency Mobile Alert

Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. Full information on Emergency Mobile Alerts can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website​.

Page reviewed: 31 Jul 2020 8:55am