Civil Defence

Emergency Management Southland is the organisation in charge when there is a civil defence emergency in Southland.

It is a stand-alone entity working on behalf of the province's local authorities - the Gore District Council, Southland District Council, Invercargill City Council and Environment Southland.  


EMS logo Te Reo



EMS has an Emergency Management Office and an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) located behind Environment Southland's offices, on the corner of Price Street and North Road, Invercargill.

While EMS is there in times of emergency, it is up to everyone to be prepared. Emergencies like earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and storms can strike at any time, sometimes without warning. So it is vital that you prepare now to protect yourself, your family, home, business and community.

Useful links

Emergency Management Southland

Emergency Management Southland's Facebook page

The Get Ready Get Thru website will show you how to get ready, so you'll get through.

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