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Monday 11 Dec - 10:42 pm

New National Capability Assessment Report

A new Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management report shows that civil defence organisations across the country are much better prepared to deliver for their communities today than they were three years ago.

A new national snapshot of progress against the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy shows big improvements since the last assessment was done in 2012.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management National Capability Assessment Report examines how well the country’s Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups are set up to deliver the National CDEM Strategy’s  four goals of:

  • community awareness and preparedness

  • reduced risks from hazards

  • improved management emergencies

  • improved recovery from emergencies

The level of performance nationally has been rated at 70.3%, compared to 58.8% three years ago.

The assessment shows the biggest improvements have been made in the CDEM Groups’ ability to deliver risk reduction activity and in management and governance.  This means groups are doing more to manage the risk of hazards or disasters before they happen and also in managing emergencies. The area needing improvement is recovery planning.