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Helping Others

Whether you are interested in becoming a Civil Defence volunteer, or offer support and assistance within your local community, you can play a vital role in the community in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency. This section outlines a number of key areas that you may provide assistance. 

Trained volunteering - Hawke’s Bay Emergency Response Team.

The Hawke's Bay Emergency Response Team is a small group of trained volunteers who take part in weekly training nights in Hastings. 

There are currently a number of opportunities to join the team in our Response, Welfare and Communications teams. Becoming a trained Civil Defence volunteer will allow you to gain new skills, develop relationships, and give back to the wider Hawke's Bay community during an emergency. The three teams that make up our volunteers are:


Response Team – this team has a physical component and specializes in supporting emergency services, including ground-based rescue, flood, storm and welfare response, and rapid reconnaissance of damage during an emergency.

Welfare Team – this team specialises in establishing and running Civil Defence Centers, providing psychological first aid and needs assessments to people affected by an emergency, and ‘door knocking’ to conduct welfare checks.

Communications Team – this team establishes radio communications to support communities and field teams when normal day-to-day communication channels aren’t working.


Is trained volunteering right for you? If you are committed, have a mobile phone, and want to make a difference, fill in our Registration of Interest form and we'll contact you. 


Helping your community get ready.

A resilient community is where people know each other, are connected, and involved, and have a strong sense of community pride. Knowing who your neighbors are, being involved in your local community groups and events, and being committed to your community will make you someone most likely to both copes well during an emergency event and bounce back afterwards.

To help your friends, family and community get prepared for emergencies some steps you can take include knowing your neighboursjoining a neighbourhood support group, becoming a community patrollerholding a neighbour day, and coming together to make a community plan.


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