There are lots of different hazards in New Zealand. Find out about other hazards and who manages them.
Various agencies work together to manage emergencies and keep people safe. The agency leading the response will depend on the type of hazard or emergency.
Some emergencies need extra coordination across services. In this case, a state of local or national emergency can be declared.
A pandemic happens when a virus spreads quickly and affects a country or many countries around the world. When this happens, many of us can become very sick.
The Ministry of Health is the lead agency for planning for and responding to pandemics in New Zealand.
If you see smoke or fire and believe there is a risk to people or property, call 111 and ask for 'Fire' immediately.
Fires can be sparked by human activity. For example camp fires escaping, fireworks, or rubbish fires, bonfires or rural burn-offs getting out of control. Car accidents, arcing or fallen power lines are also common causes of fires. As well as sparks from lawnmowers or cigarette butts.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is responsible for fire prevention, response and suppression.
If your area is experiencing a drought you can contact your local council for more information. A drought is caused by a lack of water in an area and can affect water usage and increase fire risk.
The Ministry of Primary Industries is responsible for classifying droughts.
Always call 111 if there is a serious risk to life or property. New Zealand is a relatively safe place but we are not crime free. It is important you take precautions to look after yourself.
New Zealand Police assist in various emergency management and national security situations. They are responsible for law enforcement and crime prevention. They also help maintain public safety.
Call 105 to report things that have already happened and don't need urgent Police assistance.
The Ministry for Primary Industries leads New Zealand’s biosecurity system. This includes responses to the outbreak of animal and plant pests and diseases.
The Ministry for Primary Industries also leads New Zealand’s food safety system. It protects the health and wellbeing of consumers here and overseas.
A hazardous substance means any product or chemical that has properties that are explosive, flammable, oxidising, corrosive, or toxic to the environment.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is the lead agency for hazardous substance emergencies.