Emergency Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Emergency event on campus
    Extn: 6111 (campus landline)
    Direct Dial:  0800 823 637 or 364 2111
  • Emergency Services
    (Police, Fire, Ambulance)
    Dial: 111 (from any phone)
  • UC Security (non emergency)
    Extn: 6888 (campus landline)
    Direct dial: 364 2888

This site is the main source of information if an emergency impacts on the University. If this site cannot be updated, alternative sources are listed under how to get information

Communications Following a Significant Incident

UC is mindful that its staff live and work across a wide area. Some incidents will impact differently in different areas. Earthquakes may feel severe in some places but not others. Some incidents may cause some areas to be evacuated. All of these issues can create doubt about whether the campus will be open following an incident. 

In the event of an incident, staff who are off campus should assume campus remains open unless they are told otherwise, or it is obvious from other sources such as the media or Civil Defence that it will not be. If the campus is open but staff are unable to get there, they should advise their manager.

A guideline for inspection of UC buildings following an earthquake is when a 5.5 or greater within 50 kilometres of Christchurch. UC buildings may also be inspected following less severe events closer to Christchurch.

UC will endeavour to contact staff as soon as possible after an event, and after the outcome of any inspection is known. UC will endeavour to communicate by 6pm at the latest for events during the day, and by 7am for significant events occurring overnight. Staff starting work on campus very early in the morning should contact the UC Security office for an update prior to starting work.

UC will communicate to staff and students and key stakeholders by email as a first step. It will also post on the UC Facebook page and on Twitter. This is intended to compensate for loss of internet access through powercuts or evacuation, by providing information searchable from a mobile device. Both UC’s Facebook page and Twitter account are public accounts not requiring membership to view content. Searching for University of Canterbury in a search engine will locate the UC Facebook page. Likewise, searching @UCNZ will locate UC’s Twitter feed. The instructions for mobile devices may be viewed on UC's Intercom or opened in PDF (477KB).

UC will not post this information on the UC website as a matter of course, but may post information online if the event is significant and ongoing.

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All right?

Are you all right? Natural disasters, like the earthquakes we have experienced in Canterbury, can have a major impact on people’s mental health.
Please ensure that you look after yourself, family and friends at this time. The following website can provide you with some helpful information: All right? – Live Brighter (Civil Defence Emergency Management Canterbury).

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  • Emergency event on campus
    Extn: 6111 (campus landline)
    Direct Dial:  0800 823 637 or 364 2111
  • Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance)
    Dial: 111 (from any phone)
  • UC Security (non emergency)
    Extn: 6888 (campus landline)
    Direct dial: 364 2888
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