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.

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​.

Red Cross Hazard App

The Red Cross Hazard App is a free, comprehensive and convenient way to be ready for emergencies. The app is a vital tool to help you get through emergencies and get disaster alerts.​


Text alerts

If your phone is not capable of receiving EMAs and you cannot download the Red Cross Hazard App then you can receive an alert for a major emergency in the Bay of Plenty by subscribing to receive Emergency Management text alerts.​

See more at Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website.​​


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.

Page reviewed: 23 Sep 2020 4:59pm