Who is Civil De­fence?


When dis­as­ter strikes, Civil De­fence re­sponds. But who is Civil De­fence? In the Hori­zons Re­gion, each Ter­ri­to­rial Au­thor­ity is re­spon­si­ble for Civil De­fence at a lo­cal level with re­gional co­or­di­na­tion via the Manawatū-Wan­ganui Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment (CDEM) Group. Hori­zons is the ad­min­is­ter­ing au­thor­ity for the Group which is based on re­gional bound­aries and made up of staff from all the lo­cal coun­cils, emer­gency ser­vices, health boards and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­sure a co­or­di­nated re­sponse. The Group’s goal is to build a re­silient and safer re­gion with com­mu­ni­ties un­der­stand­ing and man­ag­ing their haz­ards and risks. Hori­zons main role is one of fa­cil­i­ta­tion and to es­tab­lish the Group in ac­cor­dance with the Civil De­fence and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Act 2002. As a mem­ber of the Group, Hori­zons are re­spon­si­ble for eval­u­at­ing warn­ing sys­tems, im­ple­ment­ing train­ing and oper­at­ing the Group Emer­gency Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre (ECC) to sup­port af­fected dis­tricts dur­ing larger scale events. Each lo­cal coun­cil also has its own Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre (EOC) that man­ages the re­sponse on the ground – deal­ing with is­sues such as evac­u­a­tions, sur­face flood­ing and road re­pairs. The most im­por­tant thing is to Get Ready to Get Thru. See www.get­thru.govt.nz for fur­ther de­tails on how to get pre­pared or con­tact the Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer at Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil to find out more about lo­cal haz­ards and re­sponse ar­range­ments. You can also like the Face­book page www.face­book.com/civilde­fence­m­anawatuwan­ganui to get the lat­est up­dates.

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