For evacuations

If you need to evacuate your house in an emergency, it is best if you can stay with friends or family. Make sure you have a Getaway Kit organised and discuss where you and your family will meet in an emergency.

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Have a Getaway Kit

People evacuating

In some emergencies you may need to evacuate in a hurry. Everyone should have a packed getaway kit in an easily accessible place at home and at work which includes:

  • Torches and batteries
  • Radio – wind up or with batteries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cash
  • Copies of important documents (online or paper)
  • Walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat and hat
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medicine
  • Water and snack food
  • Pet food if you have pets.

Civil Defence Centres

If you need to evacuate in an emergency, but are unable to stay with friends or family, you can go to a Civil Defence Centre.  In an emergency, a Civil Defence Centre can provide assistance and information.  It is also where the community can go to provide information or offer their services.

In Taranaki, we have 22 Civil Defence Centres.  These are existing buildings that can be set up as a Civil Defence Centre in an emergency, they are not staffed or resourced by Civil Defence outside of an emergency.  Civil Defence Centres range from Town Halls to commercial facilities and are resourced on a needs basis.

Centres will only be opened during an emergency as required.  Listen to any of the local radio stations for information about which centres are open.

Civil Defence Centre Locations


CD Centre/s (click on name for Google map)


Auroa Primary School

Bell Block

Bell Block Primary School & Hall


Eltham Primary School


Hawera Community Centre and The TSB Hub, Hicks Park


TET Stadium & Events Centre 


Kaponga Primary School


Manaia Primary School

New Plymouth

Pukekura RacewayFitzroy Primary School, Spotswood College


Normanby Primary School 


Oakura Hall & Bowling Club


Coastal Taranaki School


Sandfords Event Centre


Patea Old Folks Hall


Rahotu Primary School


War Memorial Centre


Urenui School


Owae Marae & Waitara Central School


Waverley Community Centre (Rugby Club)