Volunteer to help your friends, family and community before, during and after emergencies.

Most communities have a Civil Defence Centre or community hub. Locals can come together there during and after an emergency to support each other. 

In an emergency, centres will be opened and run by communities so people can come together to help their community during and after an emergency. 

New Zealand Response Teams work alongside and support civil defence, emergency services and other responding agencies. Teams are located throughout New Zealand. 

The National Emergency Management Agency are currently working on building a robust and sustainable volunteer capability and capacity for emergency management in New Zealand. The National Emergency Management Agency, along with Fire Emergency New Zealand, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Search and Rescue and the Ministry of Health are committed to having a model that is fit for purpose and flexible enough to meet future challenges across response and recovery. 

Contact your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group to find out how you can volunteer. 


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Find your local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group.