Major incidents

This page outlines what to do to prepare for a major incident, such as an earthquake, and how to deal with the aftermath. You can also find updates about current incidents.

Caution ahead of Cyclone Cook closes Eastern Bay of Plenty schools and ECEs 

11 April 2017

All 57 schools and about 80 early learning services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty will be advised to close tomorrow as a precaution ahead of Cyclone Cook.

With heavy wet rain forecast to hit the region from about midday tomorrow, there is concern further flooding will close roads already affected by slips. We do not want to risk having students stranded at schools as a result of road conditions.

Following today’s decision by the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence emergency management group to expand the state of emergency, we are taking precautions and asking all 57 schools in the Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau districts to close. We are also asking about 80 early learning services including Kohanga and home-based care services in these areas to close tomorrow.  

These closures are for tomorrow only. The developing weather situation will be reassessed tomorrow afternoon to decide whether the schools and ECEs reopen on Thursday.

The forecast heavy rain has the potential to cause further closures outside the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The best information will come from these schools and early learning services themselves as they make decisions about closures. Parents are advised to check their websites or Facebook pages or contact them directly.

After a major or traumatic incident

Use this information to help you through the aftermath of a major incident, such as an earthquake.

Information for schools, ECEs and parents following the flooding in April 2017

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