The CDEM Capability Assessment Tool follows international examples such as the UK ‘National Capabilities Survey’, or the US ‘Capability Assessment for Readiness’, in aiming to create a standard assessment of emergency management capability for New Zealand.
The tool consists of a set of key performance indicators and performance measures (‘capability criteria’) against which organisations can assess themselves or be externally assessed. Indicators span the 4Rs and are organised in a framework based on the National CDEM Strategy. There are six main sections - four based on the four goals of the National CDEM Strategy, and two 'enabler' sections. They cover topics as follows:
Goal 1: Public education, public information, community resilience, community participation in hazard risk management
Goal 2: Research, hazard risk profile, integrated planning, risk reduction
Goal 3: Capability development, exercising, planning, coordination, operating facilities, warning systems, communications, controllers, resources, logistics, welfare, lifelines
Goal 4: Recovery planning and management
Enabler 1: CDEM Group governance, management, culture, funding
The assessment tool is intended first and foremost to be an ‘any-time’ self-assessment tool that any agency or CDEM Group can use to evaluate their own capability, but will also support a periodic national assessment cycle in which all agencies with responsibilities under the CDEM Act will be asked to complete assessments to document and understand New Zealand’s collective CDEM capability.