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.