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 3.3.0

This update includes color-coded notifications for MetService alerts to align with agency recommendations.

Ratings and Reviews

2.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

wrinkleeee ,

App needs upgrading

Good idea but needs improvement.

I tried the knowledge tests and got stuck at the wildfire one because the answers to the test questions do not match the order of the questions.

Also with the “I’m safe” section we should be able to choose which contact number to use for a person. There is no point in trying to send a text message to a landline!

Bishophagus ,

Hopeless at the moment

I don’t like being negative but this app is currently not fit for purpose. Today I received two alerts about high winds and torrential rain based on Met Service weather watches/warnings issued 17 HOURS prior. So the alerts were far from timely. But what’s worse is that, assuming they had been issued yesterday, the period covered was a calm and dry day in Auckland with a gentle Southerly, which is one of our most predictable weather patterns. So I just can’t believe that Met Service would get that so wrong. I have to infer then that the app just isn’t working properly / the Met Service feed has gone barmy. The app causes unnecessary concern and I finally deleted it today. Avoid until seriously upgraded.

DanLavz ,

The boy who cried wolf

I was out on the harbour in my boat, basking in full sun with slight winds.
The App was alerting me of thunder storms which put a dampener on the day due to, ‘what if’. We played it safe, made our way back to the marina, and cut the afternoon short, only for the amazing weather to continue, and no sign of Thunder storms almost 24 hours later.
I’ll continue to use this App. I’ll take the information with a grain of salt, but use the alerts as a cue to do further digging myself.


New Zealand Red Cross Incorporated
29.5 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Arabic, Burmese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Kurdish, Malay, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese

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  • Family Sharing

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

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