How to stay informed

During an emergency, make sure you have up-to-date information about what to do. Here are the various ways you can stay informed with accurate information from the Whanganui Civil Defence Team.


During an emergency, Brian FM broadcasts directly from the Whanganui District Civil Defence headquarters.

Brian FM is available on these frequencies:

  • 91.2 Whanganui
  • 93.2 Taihape
  • 90.2 Mt Ruapehu
  • Reelworld Radio on 92.0 Whanganui
  • Reelworld Radio Mt Ruapehu 104.6

The following radio stations will also have regular updates and are part of the national network:

Social media

Like the Whanganui District Council and the Civil Defence Manawatu-Whanganui Facebook pages for the latest information about what to do during emergencies.

Emergency Mobile Alerts

Emergency Mobile Alert messages can be sent to mobile phones by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Horizons Regional Council, NZ Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

They are sent if life, health or property is in serious danger.

The alerts are sent using cell broadcast technology, so you won’t have to sign up or download an application.

If your phone is capable of receiving Emergency Mobile Alerts, the alert should appear automatically on your phone’s screen with a unique and penetrating warning sound. As Emergency Mobile Alert is about keeping you safe, you won’t be able to opt-out of receiving Emergency Mobile Alert.

Emergency Mobile Alerts do not replace other ways of staying informed about what to do during an emergency. Make sure you have a battery or solar powered radio and keep tabs on the Whanganui District Council and Manawatu–Wanganui Civil Defence Facebook page, as well as listen to the radio.


For urgent issues during an emergency, please call 06 349 0515 (24 hours).

For the latest information about what to do during an emergency, please follow the Council's Facebook page or listen to the radio and only use the phone number if necessary to keep the phone lines clear.

You can also use this number to contact the Civil Defence Emergency Management for general enquiries at other times.


Whanganui District Council
101 Guyton Street, Whanganui