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.
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.
Overview of CDEM Capability Development and the CDEM Capability Development Strategy
This director’s guideline supports lifeline utilities in their collaborative partnership with CDEM Groups, and in meeting their responsibilities under the CDEM Act. This guideline replaces Lifeline Utilities & Emergency Management [DGL 03/02] and Lifelines and CDEM Planning [BPG 01/03]
What to do after an earthquake