National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 and Guide to the Plan
Information about and links to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 and the Guide to the 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.
The Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 (the Guide) sets out the arrangements, roles, and responsibilities of agencies for the national management, or support to local management, of emergencies.
The Guide incorporates the wording of the National CDEM Plan 2015, which states the principles, arrangements, and frameworks that apply to the management of emergencies. The Guide supports this wording with further detail, diagrams, and operational information.
The Guide to the National CDEM Plan 2015 in full (.pdf 5mb) (revised 26 March 2020)
Download by Section
Section 1. Introduction (.pdf 156kb) (revised 26 March 2020)
Section 6. Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (CDEM Groups) (.pdf 343kb) (revised 26 March 2020)
Section 10. Fire services (.pdf 128kb) (revised 26 March 2020)
Section 25. National warnings and advisories (.pdf 659kb) (revised 5 May 2017)
- Note: the National Tsunami Advisory and Warning Plan referred to in section 25 was updated and reissued in June 2020
Section 28. Public Information Management (.pdf 296kb) (revised 5 May 2017)
Section 32. Recovery (.pdf 433kb) (revised 26 March 2020)
Section 33. Government financial support to local authorities (.pdf 119kb) (revised 26 March 2020)
- Note: the Disaster Relief Funds referred to in Section 33 has a factsheet issued in June 2022.
Review of the National CDEM Plan and Guide 2015
The current National CDEM Plan has been in force since 1 December 2015. The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 requires that the National CDEM Plan be reviewed every five years to ensure that the arrangements within it are robust, current and well understood by the agencies responsible for their delivery.
The current 2015 National CDEM Plan and Guide will remain in force until replaced.
A draft updated National CDEM Plan and accompanying Guide will be developed throughout 2021/2022. This work will be undertaken in partnership with stakeholders across all parts of the emergency management system.
As part of the Trifecta programme, NEMA will consider how the Plan can be made easier to use. For example, this may mean that the current format of the Plan will be replaced with shorter documents written in plain English.
For further information please contact Trifecta@nema.govt.nz
Previous reviews and updates
Review of the National CDEM Plan 2005
A review of the 2005 National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan commenced in 2010 but was delayed to enable the incorporation of important lessons learned from the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
- The Guide and National CDEM Plan 2015 replaced the previous National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2005 and supporting Guide on 1 December 2015.Read the summary of the submissions on the 2015 National CDEM Plan
- Read the frequently asked questions sheet on the revised 2015 National CDEM Plan
2017 and 2020 updates to the Guide to the National CDEM Plan 2015
As relationships, activities, and operational arrangements continue to develop, these can be reflected in the Guide, which is designed to be a ‘living document’.
In 2017, two sections were reissued:
- Section 25 – National warnings and advisories was revised to align with the updated Tsunami Advisory and Warning Plan
- Section 28 – Public information management was updated to reflect changes to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with broadcasters
In March 2020, six sections were reissued:
- Section 1 – Introduction was updated to align with changes in key terms, the audience, and scope of the National CDEM Plan. Detail about the National Disaster Resilience Strategy was also added
- Section 5 – National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) – formerly Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) was revised to reflect the establishment of NEMA to replace MCDEM
- Section 6 – Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups reflects changes to Response Teams and adds further information on recovery
- Section 10 – Fire services was updated with changes due to the establishment of Fire and Emergency New Zealand
- Section 32 – Recovery was revised to align with the Recovery Preparedness and Management Director’s Guideline and Strategic Planning for Recovery Director’s Guideline, and to reflect changes made in 2016 by the CDEM Amendment Act
- Section 33 – Government financial support to local authorities was updated to enable Local Authorities to recover the welfare costs they incur when supporting people required to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including pet food for companion animals.
The National CDEM Plan 2015 was updated on 1 December 2019 to replace the definition of MCDEM with a definition of NEMA. It also replaced all references to MCDEM with references to NEMA.
All references to MCDEM in the Guide, on websites, other documents, Director’s Guidelines, codes, or standards etc. are to be read as a reference to NEMA.