On 13 May 2020 changes to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 were made to ensure a nationally consistent approach to the response to and management of risks arising from COVID-19, and to better deal with concurrent emergencies during COVID-19. These changes are in place until up to 12 May 2022 (two years from commencement of the COVID-19 Public Health response Act 2020), unless revoked earlier. This factsheet provides more information about these changes.
This guidance has been proactively released by the National Emergency Management Agency. It provides guidance to Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups. It provides guidance on the household goods and services welfare services sub-function.
Answers to frequently asked questions about reimbursement of foodbank costs by CDEM Groups
This information sheet describes what support is available from Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups during COVID-19 and how people can contact them.
This Cabinet Minute and Cabinet Paper have been proactively released on behalf of Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Local Government, and Hon Peeni Henare, Minister of Civil Defence. This release includes Cabinet Minute: North Island Drought Financial Assistance (DEV-20-MIN-0038) and Cabinet Paper: Financial assistance relating to the North Island drought (DEV-20-SUB-0038).
This guidance updates local authorities / CDEM Groups on recent changes to the scope of local authorities / CDEM Group welfare costs which are eligible for reimbursement by NEMA. It also includes information about the new provisions for funding support to foodbanks and other community organisations
This document from the Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective provides guidance for CDEM Groups working with Foodbanks and Community Food Services during the COVID-19 response
The National Fuel Plan (Plan) has been developed to provide a readiness and response framework for the fuel sector, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the National Emergency Management Agency and Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups.
This Cabinet minute has been proactively released by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and National Emergency Management Agency, on behalf of Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, and Hon Peeni Henare, Minister of Civil Defence.
Just over one year ago, the Government announced Better Responses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies in New Zealand — its response to the Technical Advisory Group’s Ministerial Review recommendations. This update provides an overview of what’s been achieved so far in the Emergency Management System Reform and what’s on the horizon — both short-term and longer-term.
This Cabinet minute has been proactively released by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, on behalf of Hon Peeni Henare, Minister of Civil Defence
This document sets out the Terms of Reference for the New Zealand Volcanic Science Advisory Panel (NZVSAP).
The Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) 3rd edition represents New Zealand’s official framework to achieve effective co-ordinated incident management across responding agencies. From 1 July 2020 the 3rd edition replaces all previous versions of CIMS.
The Review of Recoveries Report summarises the findings of the independent review of how recovery provisions of the CDEM Act supported the recoveries after the 2016 earthquakes and tsunami and the 2017 flooding in the Whakatāne District.
This paper seeks Cabinet’s agreement to an additional contribution of $100,000 (GST exclusive) to the Tasman District Council Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund. The contribution is intended for the Council to help small businesses and animal welfare organisations with their costs, and to remediate local infrastructure and land affected by fire-fighting activities.
The National Disaster Resilience Strategy outlines the vision and long-term goals for civil defence emergency management in New Zealand
This guideline is for use by personnel tasked with developing and managing Civil Defence Emergency Management exercises to assist them in meeting the requirements of the National CDEM Plan 2015 and the Guide to the National CDEM Plan. It may also be of use to those performing similar roles and functions within other agencies.
This Cabinet Paper seeks approval for the attached National Disaster Resilience Strategy and its presentation to the House of Representatives.
Report to Cabinet from Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi on his travel to Tokelau and Samoa from 2 October 2018 to 7 October 2018.
Director's Guideline for Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups [DGL 21/18] This guidance covers the first phase of a two-phase process for considering tsunami vertical evacuation. This Phase One guidance includes CDEM considerations such as understanding the hazard, assessing the risk and evaluating different risk management measures.
This Cabinet Paper seeks agreement to release for public consultation a proposed national civil defence emergency management strategy to be called 'National Disaster Resilience Strategy'.
This plan describes the procedures to receive, assess and disseminate tsunami notifications at the national level.
Rūaumoko’s Walk/Te Hikoi a Rūaumoko is a bi-lingual children’s book, based on Kahungunu legends and dialect telling the story of what to do in an earthquake with a subsequent tsunami threat.
The purpose of this guideline is to ensure a nationally consistent approach to CDEM Group planning which supports integration with national CDEM policy, planning, and monitoring and evaluation arrangements. This guideline was updated in March 2018 to include strategic planning for recovery requirements, which must be included in CDEM Group Plans after 1 June 2018.
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP-NZ) Technical Standard [TS 04/18] provides guidance to ensure a consistent approach to implementing CAP in New Zealand. It has been developed for use by New Zealand's official alerting authorities, their technology providers, and any suppliers developing or implementing public alerting mechanisms in New Zealand.
Quick guidance for declaring a state of local emergency, including key tests and considerations.
This Director's Guideline provides guidance to CDEM Groups on how they can go about the process of strategic planning for recovery, addressing the specific hazards and risks set out in their CDEM Group plan, as well as considering the consequences these hazards and risks may have on communities.
The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that the Emergency Mobile Alert system is used consistently, cautiously, and effectively in relevant situations.
The Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan (WENIRP) directs and coordinates the immediate national response to a major Wellington earthquake, to ensure the most effective use of scarce resources until a formal response structure and specific national action plan has been established.
The Ministry of Health New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan: A framework for action (NZIPAP) 2nd edition (released 2017) sets out the all-of-government measures to be taken to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. The NZIPAP is intended for anyone involved in planning, preparation or response to an influenza pandemic. It also provides general information on pandemics and Government planning for the New Zealand public.
This statement is to define desired mobile standards for the support of Cell Broadcast for emergency alerting in New Zealand. This is known as Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) in New Zealand.
The East Cape earthquake and tsunami: 2 September 2016 Post Event Report (MCDEM response) outlines the Ministry’s response to the East Cape earthquake and tsunami on 2 September 2016.
These documents are examples of the various templates used for tsunami notifications.
This guideline is to provide information for anyone seeking to apply for funding from the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Resilience Fund.
The purpose of this document is to describe the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) awards available to people, groups or organisations in New Zealand in recognition of contribution or service to CDEM and the process for nominations.
The purpose of this guideline is to provide for a nationally consistent approach to developing tsunami evacuation zones, maps, and public information for CDEM Groups and local authorities.
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 of emergencies and improved recovery from emergencies.
Planning is a key part of a successful emergency response. It integrates all functions and agencies into a unified effort which aims to proactively manage hazard consequences. Response Planning in CDEM aims to provide a consistent approach to carrying out response planning across all agencies involved in CDEM-led emergencies. It gives a thorough overview of the Planning function, how it is applied in a CDEM context, and includes a number of templates and suggested processes to make this information more accessible.
The CDEM Amendment Bill seeks to provide a smooth and coordinated transition of arrangements and powers from the response phase to the recovery phase. The proposed amendments have regard to the constitutional conventions that need to accompany any legislation that provides powers in emergency-like situations.
Delivering welfare services to individuals, families/whānau, and communities affected by emergencies is fundamental to effective emergency management. Robust welfare services arrangements need to be in place for all communities to support people in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. This guideline supports and expands on the new welfare arrangements in the National CDEM Plan 2015, and in the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS). It is intended to be the comprehensive reference for welfare services in an emergency reflecting the elevated status of the Welfare function in emergency management, and capturing the new or expanded roles and responsibilities of various welfare services agencies.
The purpose of this guideline is to describe the major considerations and best practice approaches for the preparation and execution of emergency movement control. This guideline is focused primarily on large scale emergencies; however, many of the concepts and processes translate to smaller scale events.
Logistics is a key part of a successful response. Its role is to provide the resources required by response personnel and the affected population, in good condition, at the right time, to the right place, and in the right quantities. Logistics in CDEM aims to provide a consistent approach to carrying out logistics across all agencies involved in response or recovery. It emphasises the importance of creating a common understanding of logistics across all CDEM stakeholders, and streamlining logistics actions between agencies.
In April 2015, a New Zealand delegation participated in an International Tsunami Symposium in Hawaii to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS), and a subsequent meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) of the PTWS. The ICG was hosted by the USA and attended by 107 participants from 28 member states of the PTWS. The New Zealand delegation was made up of staff from the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) and GNS Science. They presented a report to the ICG which outlined tsunami-related work and activities in New Zealand since 2013. As well as outlining New Zealand’s tsunami response procedures and reporting on recent responses, the report also describes activities in relation to tsunami risk management in New Zealand since 2013. The ICG meeting recognised the leadership of Dr Ken Gledhill of GNS Science who chaired the PTWS over the last four years. At the end of the meeting Dr Gledhill handed the Chair over to Filomena Nelson (NDMO Samoa). Dr Gledhill was subsequently elected as the Chair of the inter-sessional working group for Tsunami Detection, Warning and Dissemination, and David Coetzee (MCDEM) was re-elected as Chair of the inter-sessional working group on Disaster Management, Preparedness and Risk Reduction.
Auckland Council, in conjunction with GNS Science, have developed a Natural Hazard Risk Communications Toolbox. The purpose of this toolbox is to increase understanding of basic hazard and risk concepts by providing consistent content for communication materials used within council and externally to stakeholders, politicians and the community. The toolbox is currently being finalised and will be published here as soon as it is available.
The Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Civil Defence gives an overview of the Civil Defence portfolio and identifies some of the more significant issues and opportunities.
A Tsunami Land-Use and Evacuation Planning Workshop was held in Gisborne, 15 and 16 October 2014. The workshop was hosted by Gisborne CDEM Group and was attended by 40 people from across CDEM, central government agencies and the science research sector. The workshop was funded by the CDEM resilience fund in support of tsunami risk reduction. The intention of the workshop was to clarify current tsunami science research, specific to land use and evacuation planning. Presentations were provided by GNS, MCDEM, CDEM and consultants in the risk reduction space.
This guideline is for use by the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group and Local Controllers to assist them with performing their statutory roles under the CDEM Act. It may also be of use to those performing similar or associated duties, roles and functions within other agencies. Note: This document was revised in October 2014
This standard aims to achieve national consistency when sirens are used by local authorities as a public alerting option for tsunami warnings. It addresses the required siren signal, the meaning of sirens, and the requirements for their operation.
The New Zealand Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) 2nd Edition describes how New Zealand agencies coordinate, command, and control incident response of any scale, how the response can be structured, and the relationships between the respective CIMS functions and between the levels of response.
Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment placards, forms and guides for building professionals assessing buildings following emergencies such as earthquakes or flooding disasters. They are designed to be used by trained professionals during a State of Emergency. This replaces the document ‘Building Safety Evaluation During a State of Emergency’, published by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in August 2009.