Tsunami warning sirens that sounded across Auckland in a test-run at the weekend are not favoured by our national emergency agency.
The way a civil defence emergency in Dunedin would be managed has changed, with improvements informed by lessons learned in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes.
A civil defence alert system has been suggested for the lower Waitaki Valley, in particular to warn residents if a dam breaks.
Civil defence emergencies will be managed from the Waitaki District Council headquarters in Oamaru from now on, despite lingering concerns about how safe the three-storey building would be in an earthquake.
Uncertainty over the Maniototo's civil defence plan should a natural disaster strike has led to holding an information evening.
The Waitaki civil defence headquarters in Oamaru may be shifted for major emergencies because the present site is not adequate.
Civil Defence could have communicated better with frustrated business owners in Christchurch, its minister John Carter says.
Nearly 40,000 Civil Defence payments have been made to those affected by the Christchurch earthquake, including more than 1300 to people who have relocated to the Southern region.
Three civil defence emergency managers from Christchurch are giving other civil defence officers from around the South Island insights into the real thing at a conference in Dunedin this week.
While the people of Otago went about their daily business yesterday, Civil Defence was hard at work preparing the region for a one-in-2500-year disaster.
On Otago Regional Council earthquake maps, areas of liquefaction spread across the province like old-fashioned ink blots.
The Christchurch earthquake has raised the obvious question of whether Dunedin is likely to be similarly struck, and how prepared the city is to cope. Mark Price and Kim Dungey report.
Dunedin has a reasonably large number of unreinforced masonry buildings typical of those that failed in the Canterbury earthquake.
Collapsed buildings, landslips and disrupted services would face Dunedin people in a large earthquake.
The only earthquake to cause significant damage in Dunedin occurred on April 9, 1974.
When disaster strikes, items in everyday use around your house can make you better prepared than having a survival kit, says Dunedin's civil defence manager.
Dunedin's heritage buildings would bear the brunt of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake centred on the city, with damage likely to be the same as in Christchurch, a seismic expert says.
Central Otago is "as well prepared as we can be" for a significant earthquake, Mayor Malcolm Macpherson says.
An exercise to test the capacity and effectiveness of civil defence and emergency teams during a major snowstorm affecting almost all the Otago region will be held next week.
Every cloud has a silver lining: at least something positive has come out of flooding which hit North Otago after heavy rain at the end of May.