Hazards – Red Cross 4+

New Zealand Red Cross

Designed for iPad

    • Free



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 3.7.2

We’re always making changes and improvements to the Hazards app. In this release, we have done some general maintenance and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

2.1 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 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!

ColourBomb007 ,

It works until it doesn’t

Started out well giving relevant warnings for where I live and display the list of family and friends I added in various locations, so I would know how if they were facing any hazards. Then suddenly it had my location as all sorts of weird places. I went to settings to see check everything and was informed it was downloading updates which it has seemingly been doing/attempting for three days. Not remotely helpful, especially when it freezes on this screen until I restart my phone and the whole circus starts again.

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.

App Privacy

The developer, New Zealand Red Cross, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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