Download the Hazard App by New Zealand Red Cross to help you and your family prepare and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app is a vital tool to help you get through emergencies and to receive disaster alerts.

This app allows users to prepare their homes and families for disaster, find help and let others know they are safe. An in-built alert system will allow you to receive alerts based on the location and type of hazard you are monitoring. Through the Hazard App, you will receive official emergency warnings and alerts from participating agencies according to your location or the locations of your friends and family. You have control over the locations, types of hazard and level of the alerts that you monitor on the app.

What alerts do I get?
Alerts are received by the Hazard App from participating alerting authorities.
You will receive notifications of earthquakes, and Watches/Warnings of Severe Weather and Thunderstorms, for anywhere in New Zealand.

The App is being rolled out region by region by Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups. You will only receive alerts from the regional civil defence groups who are currently actively engaged with the app.
Visit our website for participating regions.

Key features
● Receive official emergency warnings and alerts from participating alerting authorities
● Monitor up to 5 locations
● Control the locations, types of hazard and level of the alerts that you monitor on the app.
● Send “I am safe” messages to friends and family.
● Access pre-loaded information anytime, anywhere even without cell phone reception or internet connection
● Toolkit with features such as torch and siren

What's New

Version 2.4.2

Minor bug fixes.

Customer Reviews

1.7 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Terrible replacement to Civil app


Edit. What use is this worthless app if it doesn’t even notify you when a 130km/h storm is hitting you!?

Developers. You are going to KILL people because of your incompetence.

Edit. Where were the notifications for the recent flooding, mini tornado, severe wind and storms !?!!

This app will kill people.


2) Your font is terrible and hard to read. The formatting just has a few words per line.

3) I DONT CARE about notifications of issues in south island, central north island, uppoer south island, or other places than where I live (and set the area as). Stop bugging me with endless notifications.

I wish there were another app, or the Civil defence app is not decommissioned.

Good idea but needs more work


Just received a warning (Monday Labor Day) for severe storms dated Saturday. This app cannot be relied on in a real emergency in its current state but I will wait and see. It’s important in NZ to have reliable information especially in the South Island.

Developer Response

Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. We would love to discuss in more detail why you experienced this - email us at and one of our team will be in touch.



Never receive warning for you local area in your map, but the get several day late warnings got something that happened on the other island s few days ago. What a joke of an app.

Developer Response

Hi there, we would love to work with you to find out why you may be having some issues. Contact us on and we will do our best to troubleshoot with you.


New Zealand Red Cross Incorporated
46.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © 2015 New Zealand Red Cross


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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