We have developed a range of emergency response and business continuity plans to ensure that our healthcare facilities and services will respond and recover effectively should a disruption event occur.


Health Emergency Plan

The Health Emergency Plan provides a framework for how we should respond during any potential or significant incident requiring a health response. In addition, the plan identifies steps to prevent, prepare for and recover from the effects of both natural and man-made hazards.

In the event of a regional health emergency, we would lead the response with support from other agencies such as local Emergency Management groups, police, fire, ambulance and other agencies.

If a state of local emergency is declared within the Nelson Marlborough region, The Nelson Tasman or Marlborough Emergency Management Group will lead the response. We will coordinate the health aspect of the response in the role of a supporting agency.


Disaster planning

As part of the Health Emergency Plan, we prepare our hospitals and health centres for emergency scenarios such as mass casualty, major utility failure, or natural disasters.

Staff undertake regular Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) training and readiness is tested in scenario-based exercises.

The two main hospitals (Nelson and Wairau) undergo monthly emergency power supply system testing and both hospitals have large emergency water reservoirs on site.


Pandemic planning

A pandemic is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide.

We have a responsibility under the New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Action Plan for a high level of preparedness for a pandemic event.

As part of this, we maintain plans to establish community-based assessment centres in the Nelson Marlborough region, should a pandemic or major health emergency be declared.


Preparing yourself for an emergency

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere.


Get ready

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. It’s up to you to take steps to make sure you’re prepared. Find out how to prepare your home, your family, your business by visiting Emergency Management Agency’s Get Ready website by clicking here. Think when, not if!

Stay informed

It's important to know the different ways you can stay informed during an emergency.

Emergency Mobile Alerts

Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones.

The alerts are designed to keep people safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers.

The alerts are targeted to areas affected by serious hazards and will only be sent when there is a serious threat to life, health or property, and, in some cases, for test purposes.




During an emergency, health-related information will be broadcast on local radio stations:


Radio Station

Marlborough region

RNZ National 567 AM or 101.7 FM

Newstalk ZB 92.1 FM

Radio Live 95.3 FM Blenheim and 92.3 FM Picton

The Hits 96.9 FM Blenheim and 89.1 FM Picton

More FM 92.9 FM Blenheim and 94.7 FM Picton

The Breeze 89.7 FM Blenheim and 98.7 FM Picton

Brian FM Marlborough CDEM can broadcast live on Brian FM in an emergency:

  • 100.9FM - Blenheim
  • 104.3FM - Seddon & Awatere Valley
  • 105.9FM - Picton
  • 100.1FM - Havelock

We can also broadcast on maritime radio on Channels 63 and 65.

Nelson and Richmond

Classic Hits 89.6FM
The Breeze 97.6FM
Newstalk ZB 1341AM
MoreFM 92.8FM
Fresh FM 104.8FM



Fresh FM 104.8FM
Classic Hits 89.6FM
Newstalk ZB 1341AM
MoreFM 92.8FM

Golden Bay


Fresh FM 104.8FM
Classic Hits 1269AM
MoreFM 92.0FM

Golden Bay East

Fresh FM 95.0FM


MoreFM 94.1FM

St Arnaud

MoreFM 94.1FM


For more information about staying informed during an emergency, click here to visit the Get Ready website