CDEM Group Plan
If you live in Canterbury you need to be aware of the hazards the environment and human activities can produce. It is crucial that the community is involved in Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) arrangements put in place to address these hazards and a public consultation process.
Elected member representatives of the authorities set emergency management policy for CDEM in Canterbury, and provide governance oversight over CDEM arrangements and capabilities.
Supporting the CDEM Group is the Coordinating Executive Group (CEG), a statutory group comprising Chief Executive Officers (or persons acting on their behalf) of the local authorities and senior managers of key emergency response agencies. The CEG implements the decisions of the CDEM Group Joint Committee, and provide this committee with strategic advice, and ensures there is an all-agency partnership approach to emergency management in Canterbury.
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The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 requires each CDEM Group to prepare a comprehensive emergency management plan for their area. The Canterbury CDEM Group has until 28 April 2005 to complete its Plan.
The broad purpose of the Plan is to assist the communities of Canterbury to be more aware of the significant hazards that they may face, and to better enable the community and emergency response organisations to be more resilient to those hazards in future.
This Plan provides for:
- strengthening relationships between agencies involved in CDEM
- encouraging cooperative planning and action between all emergency management agencies and the community
- seeking commitment to deliver more effective CDEM through risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery.
The Plan documents:
- hazards and risks
- strategic CDEM issues and objectives
- the principles of operation within which agencies involved in civil defence emergency management cooperate, and
- agreed readiness, response, reduction and recovery-related structures, relationships and actions
To provide for a fully integrated planning framework, Local CDEM Arrangements, prepared by each partner local authority in conjunction with their local response partners, have been incorporated into this Plan.
What is this Plan for?
The CDEM Group Plan is intended to:
- Inform and involve the community in understanding the hazards and risks they face, and to;
- Provide a basis to continually build and maintain effective partnerships between communities and those agencies with a role in CDEM in Canterbury.
- Only by working together in partnership will the community and emergency response agencies be able to provide for a more resilient Canterbury.
A wide range of people and organisations has contributed to the development of this Plan, through participation in workshops and briefings, and by providing feedback on drafts of various components.
A series of hazard analysis workshops were held across Canterbury during 2004. These involved a wide range of emergency response agency personnel and community representatives. These were followed by several workshops on the Operational Component of the Group Plan. That consultation provided background information for the Plan.
The Canterbury CDEM Group made the Draft Group Plan available for public input from 10 January to 10 February 2005. A total or 18 individuals and organisations made submissions to the Draft Plan. The CDEM Group Joint Committee heard and decided on those submissions on 9 March 2004 and the Group Plan becomes effective on 22 April 2005.
Significant changes to the Group Plan and other documents that require or would benefit from community input will be subject to further consultation.
The Group Plan will be reviewed after 5 years.