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This is the website for the Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area

The Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area is part of the Waikato region's Civil Defence structure. Find out more about the Waikato Regional Civil Defence and Emergency Group.

The Coromandel is part of the Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area, which comprises of three Councils and districts:

The three Councils are working together in the area of emergency management and share resources and costs.

The Group is responsible for developing and maintaining an organisation able to prepare for, respond to, and assist the recovery of, communities affected by an emergency.

The unit also provides support to the Thames Valley Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee and the Thames Valley Rural Fire District Committee. 

The group is based in Thames next to the Council offices on Mackay Street.

Contact us here.

Our official website is www.thamesvalleycivildefence.co.nz/

You can download your Community Guide to Emergencies on the top right-hand side of this page.


What to do in an emergency

In the event of a Civil Defence emergency listen to your local radio station for information and educate yourself from the information in this section.

You can download your Community Guide to Emergencies 2016 on the top right-hand side of this page.

It is important to keep calm and be prepared. Below is some more information to help you understand and prepare for a Civil Defence event.


When a Civil Defence emergency occurs

Should an emergency occur, your Mayor or Regional Chairperson may declare a Civil Defence emergency. Once a declaration has been made, the Civil Defence Controller and the police have the legal authority to:

  • Evacuate buildings and places
  • Restrict entry into buildings, including private homes
  • Close roads and public places
  • Remove vehicles that impede emergency services and civil defence work
  • Requisition items that are needed to save lives

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Emergency management is everyone's business

In New Zealand, we are constantly exposed to the risk of disaster. It is important that we understand these risks and what they can do to us. However, there are measures we can all take to reduce the impact of disasters and be better prepared to recover quickly.

These measure include:

  • Securing heavy objects to prevent damage during an earthquake
  • Keeping drains and waterways clear to reduce flooding
  • Being careful with how we use our land

Refer to the emergency advice section in your Yellow Pages or you can visit the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management's website at www.civildefence.govt.nz


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