Resources for elected officials
Find important information that will help elected officials to navigate and understand the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) system of New Zealand.
Introducing Emergency Management
Click on the links below for short vignettes introducing Emergency Management.
- Why is Emergency Management so important?
Discusses the importance of Elected Members having Emergency Management knowledge from Day 1
- A crash course in Emergency Management
Provides insight in to Emergency Management, from the roles to the integrated approach
- Recent History of Emergency Management
Discussing the impacts recent events have had on Emergency Management
- Ministerial review
Discusses the recent Government review of Emergency Management, the outcomes, and how we’re moving forward
Before an emergency
These resources have been developed for Elected Officials to enhance their understanding of their role before an emergency.
- Job Aid: What you need to do before an emergency (PDF 278kb)
- Top tips for elected officials (PDF 233kb)
During and after an emergency
- Legislation (including CDEM Act 2002)
- Plans and Strategies (including the National Disaster Resilience Strategy 2019)
- The 4 Rs integrated approach to Risk Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery
- Government response to the Technical Advisory Group’s recommendations – August 2018 (PDF kb)
Factsheets and guidance
- Factsheet: Declaring a State of Local Emergency (PDF 313kb)
- Declaration form templates (docx 36kb)
- Quick Guide to Declaring a state of Local Emergency (PDF 135kb)
- Factsheet: Local Transition Periods (PDF 316kb)
- Quick Guide: Giving Notice of Local Transition Period (PDF 113kb)
- Notice of transition form templates (docx 22 kb)
- Government financial support factsheets
- Fact Sheet Local government election governance arrangements
How does Civil Defence Emergency Management work?
This 2018 scribed video looks at the strategic and operational elements of the Civil Defence Emergency Management system of New Zealand from a national, regional, local and personal perspective.
Guidance for elected officials (July 2019)
Hear from mayors about their experience working in the civil defence emergency management system. This 2019 video is organised around the 4 Rs (reduction, readiness, response and recovery) commonly used to describe New Zealand's integrated approach to civil defence emergency management.
Webinar: CDEM guide for Mayors and elected officials (2017)
Key contacts, resources and approaches
Each CDEM Group has key contacts, resources and approaches that can support you understanding what emergency management looks like in your local area and this is captured in a strategic document called the CDEM Group Plan. For more information on CDEM priorities elected offcials should engage with its local CDEM Group and Council.