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National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015

The National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 sets out the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in reducing risks and preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies. This includes central and local government, lifeline utilities, emergency services and non-government organisations.

View the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015


Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015

The Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 provides information on operational arrangements and additional information in support of the National CDEM Plan 2015.

Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015


Review of the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan

A review of the plan is required every five years to ensure it’s robust, current and well understood by everyone involved in its delivery. A review of the old Plan (2005) commenced in 2010 but was delayed to enable the incorporation of important lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

Years of work and extensive consultation with the public and relevant agencies and organisations have gone into developing the revised plan. This included the required public consultation and parliamentary process through select committee. During public consultation 44 submissions were received and were of a high standard. The new Plan (2015) has been improved as a result of those submissions.

Read the summary of the submissions

The new Plan (2015) has been strengthened as a result of the review. Significant amendments have been made to the revised Plan including:

  • clarification of the roles and responsibilities of support and lead agencies
  • an increased emphasis on risk reduction and recovery,
  • strengthened arrangements for the delivery of welfare services,
  • recognition of the significant roles that the New Zealand Defence Force and science and research organisations have in emergencies
  • new arrangements for building management, logistics and business continuity and emergency management planning.

The new Plan (2015) was made an Order in Council by the Governor-General on 2 June 2015 and replaced the former National CDEM Plan (2005) on 1 December 2015, with the supporting Guide (2015).

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 requires the Minister of Civil Defence to review the National CDEM Plan every 5 years. The next review is due by 2020.

A frequently asked questions sheet on the revised National CDEM Plan has been developed for stakeholders.

For further information please contact NationalCDEM.Plan@dpmc.govt.nz