This morning the New Zealand Government declared a National State of Emergency in response to Cyclone Gabrielle.
A National State of Emergency puts the Government in charge of any actions, as opposed to local authorities. This also allows the Government to help affected regions that are becoming overwhelmed. A National State of Emergency lasts for seven days, just like a local state of emergency. It can be extended as needed.
If the region you live in is unaffected by Cyclone Gabrielle, it means you can continue daily life as usual. Do stay updated and follow the latest advice from your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group external URL and from MetService. external URL
Your local Civil Defence group will provide updates on Civil Defence Centres in your region. Civil Defence Centres provide a local point where communities can seek help or offer help, depending on their circumstances.
You can also access this helpline using the NZ Relay Service for assistance. The helpline is available 24 hours 7 days a week. It is run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa / New Zealand Telehealth Services.
For more information visit our webpage Cyclone Gabrielle. Where to go for help.
Please stay safe and look after yourself.