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.