The first National Capability Assessment was run between 2009 and 2012 (extended because of the Christchurch Earthquake) and included the capability assessment of all 16 CDEM Groups.
This fact sheet explains the correct action to take during an earthquake (Drop, Cover and Hold).
This factsheet explains why declarations of states of local emergency should be made, who should make them and how they should be made. It also explains and clarifies some of the issues involved in declaring a state of local emergency. This factsheet replaces the Declarations Director's Guideline [DGL 13/12].
This GNS Science report scopes out needs and issues for guidance on evaluating the tsunami vulnerability of tsunami evacuation buildings in New Zealand- those specifically designed or designated as places to evacuate to in the event of a tsunami warning.
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and the Ministry of Education have jointly developed this Best Practice Guide to help ECE services develop emergency plans and put them into practice.
The purpose of this guide is to support CDEM Groups and organisations to conduct an effective development needs analysis (DNA). It provides practical advice, tools and templates to apply and adapt a simple DNA process to a range of professional development scenarios.
New Zealanders who experienced the Samoa tsunami in 2009 share their survival stories
This document provides a guide of the best practice to the process through which communities can be engaged and be involved in civil defence emergency management in their area.
The Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan (the Guide) sets out the arrangements and roles and responsibilities of agencies for the national management, or support to local management, of civil defence emergencies.
The CDEM Competency Framework has been developed as a strategic framework of key competencies required in order to successfully perform the functions of CDEM in New Zealand. It also promotes the professionalisation of emergency management by recognising the professional and personal development needs of CDEM stakeholders.
This document provides guidance and a decision support tool for assessment of public alerting options available for application by local authorities.
This Director’s Guideline is for use by the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group and Local Authority Emergency Management Officers to assist them to facilitate evacuation planning activities and prepare evacuation plans in order to meet the requirements of the CDEM Act 2002 and the National CDEM Plan 2005. It will also be of use to those within other agencies performing similar or associated duties, roles and functions.
The objective of the Technical Standard is to provide consistency in the signs and their placement across New Zealand, and to make our tsunami signage compliant with those used overseas. Compliance by CDEM Groups with this Technical Standard will not only provide a consistent approach across New Zealand, but it will also contribute to public awareness of the risks posed by tsunamis and better understanding of what should be done by communities in response to an event.
This National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy has been replaced by the National Disaster Resilience Strategy which took effect on 10 April 2019.
The National Hazardscape Report is the first New Zealand Government report to provide a thorough description of the New Zealand hazardscape. The National Hazardscape Report is a non-statutory document aimed at informing policy makers, hazard managers and their advisors in carrying out hazard and risk management at the national and local level.
This guide explains the potential health effects of volcanic ash and gives details on how to protect yourself and your family in the event of a volcanic ashfall.
These guidelines detail procedures to follow if warning of a volcanic ashfall is given, recommends what to do during ashfall, and what methods are most effective for cleaning up volcanic ash after the event.
Without a doubt, every recruiter of volunteers hears “I don’t have time” as the most often expressed reason to refuse an invitation to participate in a project. Similarly, those who coordinate volunteer services also express the frustration of “I don’t have the time” to do all sorts of things from expanding a program to reading professional books or Web resources. What can we do about this except wring our hands? Susan Ellis of energizeinc provides some great advice in this article.
This document outlines the need for, and processes surrounding, an orderly means of receiving and managing donated goods.
These are templates for comprehensive post hazard event reporting. The template will provide reports for two main purposes: To provide detailed data for scientific research, calibrating hazard and risk models to improve their robustness and aiding impact scenario development for historic and pre-historic events. To provide a record of hazard impacts and so allow a database of hazard impacts to be developed and integrated for future decision-making. The intention is that somebody wanting to understand the causes and consequences of any given event, reported using this template, will be able to find a comprehensive overview of the event. This will be both in the template, and in associated reports.
Screening is an important risk management tool as well as an essential human resources management function. Find tips from Linda Graff.
What motivates New Zealanders to volunteer and what strategies could be adopted to recruit and retain them was the basis of research conducted by Jan Charbonneau and Mike Brennan from the Department of Marketing and Andrew Hercus from the School of Business, Christchurch College of Education.
This useful book extract contains tips for managing older volunteers, including managing those who are 'aging in place'
The purpose of the Guide is to support planning for pandemic influenza, provide reference material and a checklist on pandemic influenza and a framework upon which more detailed planning may be based.
The Community Pandemic Planning Guide fills a need identified by community groups throughout New Zealand. Developed by the Canterbury CDEM Group, with input from MCDEM, it is designed to help communities to plan to be able to meet their own needs during a pandemic.
This guideline has been developed to provide a framework for organisational debriefing that can be used by CDEM stakeholders.
This report summarises the observations and interpretations of a reconnaissance trip to central Ecuador in November 2004. The purpose of the trip was to investigate infrastructural and agricultural volcanic impacts and volcanic hazard emergency management in Ecuador, focussing on lessons for New Zealand.
Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Summit 2005 report
This fact sheet explains the ‘CDEM Cluster Approach’
‘Focus on Recovery’ provides a framework for recovery planning and management in New Zealand for local government, Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) groups and government departments.
This is the Final Report on the 2004 Review of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management by the State Services Commission.
The Human Face of Disaster Recovery. This fact sheet outlines how all workers involved in disaster can contribute to human recovery. It summarises changes likely to occur in communities and people during the recovery period, offers suggestions for helping people in crisis.
The Social Dimension of Emergency Recovery. Rob Gordon, Ph.D. This paper presents a model of the social phenomena of emergency recovery and predicts the dynamics of affected communities that enable social recovery to be managed as the context for personal recovery.
Overview of general provisions in the CDEM Act that affect CD volunteers
Overview of the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 and its relation to civil defence volunteers
Introduction brochure explaining the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002
This guideline provides guidance for the formation and conduct of CDEM Groups.
The report assesses residual risks associated with a lahar (fluid and debris flow event) generated on Ruapehu, a volcanic mountain in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It was undertaken for the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management in 2002 and addresses response and management issues arising from the range of possible lahar flow scenarios.
The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act (CDEM Act) 2002 came into effect on 1 December 2002. It replaced the Civil Defence Act 1983. Minor amendments to the Act were made in 2012.
This book from 1990 explains the history of civil defence in New Zealand, from its beginnings through to mid-1990.
The NEMA Science Strategy helps to ensure that strategic leadership decisions for risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery activities as well as emergency management capability and capacity are based on the latest research, science, and best practices.
Tephra is published by the Ministry to raise awareness and understanding of the major hazards we face in New Zealand, and address issues relevant to managing these hazards.
Impact is published quarterly by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management on topics of interest to the civil defence emergency management sector. The aim is to share information and lessons, and to celebrate successes.
Role maps provide a complete picture of the skills, knowledge and attributes required to be successful and effective in a specific CDEM role.
Director's Guidelines provide guidance and advice on how a function defined by legislation or national planning arrangements should be performed.
Best Practice Guides supplement the CDEM Act, Regulations and Director's Guidelines. They are informative in nature, not being issued under the Act's authority. They serve to provide information, current best practice examples and advice on how to carry out a range of CDEM tasks and are usually developed in partnership with a range of agencies.
These documents outline specific CDEM functions or activities. They are issued under section 115(e) of the CDEM Act 2002.
Information series documents supplement the CDEM Act, Regulations and Director's Guidelines. They are informative in nature, not being issued under the Act's authority. They serve to provide information, current best practice examples and advice on how to carry out a range of CDEM tasks and are usually developed in partnership with a range of agencies.
These fact sheets have been prepared for the purpose of assisting members of the community to cope with the impact of prolonged essential service disruption or natural disaster. They provide a resource for agencies and individuals dealing with the after-effects of prolonged essential service disruption or a disaster and contain agency contacts and phone numbers.
The National CDEM Plan sets out the hazards and risks to be managed at the national level, and the civil defence emergency management necessary to manage those hazards and risks.