Resources for disaster management

If you want to prepare for disasters, have experienced a disaster or are recovering from a disaster, Red Cross has a host of useful emergency management resources that can help.

Disaster Risk Management Strategy 2018-2023

New Zealand Red Cross’ Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Strategy guides New Zealand Red Cross’ members and staff in our work in Aotearoa before, during and after disasters, and other shocks and stresses.

It outlines our ways of working and the outcomes we seek to achieve in DRM, and how we support our people to work in an impactful and sustainable way to improve the lives of vulnerable people and enhance community resilience.

Red Cross Disaster Risk Management Strategy 2018 WEB.pdf (PDF)


Psychosocial Support Framework

New Zealand Red Cross’ Psychosocial Support Framework expands on our Disaster Risk Management (DRM) strategy, defining and describing our psychosocial support approach in detail.


This framework is the result of internal and external collaboration. It is a living document and will be reviewed periodically to ensure it stays relevant and reflects current best practice.

Psychosocial Support Framework.PDF (PDF)


Before (Readiness)

Before disasters, New Zealand Red Cross focuses on practical ways to reduce the impacts of disasters and increase readiness of people and communities.

  • Be good and ready

  • Kia Pakari: Schools' Resilience Programme

  • Preparedness in diverse communities: Citizen translation for community engagement

During (Response)

During a disaster, New Zealand Red Cross is tasked by our emergency management partners with specific roles to respond in coordination with partner agencies, communities and other local organisations.

Learn how the Principles and Rules for Red Cross and Red Crescent for Humanitarian Assistance govern the work we do in NZ and globally - before, during and after humanitarian crises.

Principles and Rules for Red Cross and Red Crescent Humanitarian Assistance (PDF)

After (Recovery)

After a disaster, New Zealand Red Cross works to strengthen self-efficacy, enabling communities to lead their own recovery. Our approach acknowledges that recovery from a disaster can be a long, challenging and complex process.

  • Recovery Matters community workshops

Statement of Intent: Responding to Climate Change

New Zealand Red Cross acknowledges that climate change is a major risk facing humanity. We affirm that climate change presents the single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and wellbeing of Pacific people. 

Download our statement of intent regarding climate change below. 

Statement of Intent: Responding to Climate Change. (PDF)
  • Evaluation of the November 2016 Earthquake Recovery Programme

  • Cash Based Assistance: A handbook to support the governance, design and delivery of cash based assistance in disaster response and recovery

  • Leading in Disaster Recovery: Companion through the Chaos