Including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
Information for the CDEM Sector [IS 12/13]
This document has been developed to address an identified gap in the response to the Canterbury earthquakes. MCDEM has worked with a range of stakeholders including the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Te Puni Kōkiri, community groups and the civil defence emergency management (CDEM) sector during its development.
The core message is that partnering with CALD communities to include them in readiness preparations, harnessing their strengths, and developing relationships and arrangements are all critical for an effective response to an emergency. Involving members of all communities in each aspect of CDEM will help to enhance their resilience to emergencies.
The approach of incorporating the requirements of CALD communities within CDEM, will be followed by MCDEM in preparing all future guidance.