Emergency Events

Emergency Relief Fund

If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster or emergency situation, you may be able to seek help from the Emergency Relief Fund. This fund has been set up to allow Council to accept donations from the public, and distribute them to those in need following a disaster or emergency.

This fund will be opened in response to a disaster or emergency situation, as determined by the Council.

As everyone’s circumstances are unique, the criteria for different kinds of assistance may vary. The Council has full discretion regarding the fund’s distribution. Specific criteria setting out who can apply to the fund will be released when the fund is opened.

How does the fund work?
The fund provides assistance on a one-off basis for extraordinary circumstances, where a real need can be shown. This fund has been set up to allow the Council to accept and distribute donations following an emergency or disaster situation.

What is the point of the fund?
It is intended that any funds distributed go some way towards helping alleviate the emotional and financial stress experienced by individuals and families due to disaster or emergency events. The fund provides assistance on a one-off basis for extraordinary circumstances, where real need can be shown.

Is the fund always open?
No. Council needs to make a decision to open the fund. Once the fund has been opened, the Council will communicate this information to the community. The fund will only be opened when there is a clear need.

What sort of things will the fund be for?
The criteria for the fund will be developed following a disaster or emergency situation but some examples of things which may be covered are:

  • Essential items/essentials of daily life (e.g. food, accommodation, utilities) not covered by insurance or other funds
  • Extra financial burden (including significant loss of income) / costs due to the fire event not covered by insurance or other funds
  • Family or personal crises, support for which is not covered by insurance, another agency or fund (such as MSD)
  • Extraordinary costs for not-for-profit organisations, for the caring of animals where costs are not covered by insurance or another agency or organisation.

Are ratepayers contributing towards this fun?
No. The money in the fund is from donations. Council does not use any income from rates to contribute to this fund​

Ashburton District Emergency Management Officer

Name: James Lamb
Contact number: 03 307 7700

Page reviewed: 30 Sep 2019 1:57pm