Civil Defence Emergency Management

Civil Defence Emergency Management

  • Means the application of knowledge, measures, and practices that—
    • Are necessary or desirable for the safety of the public or property; and
    • Are designed to guard against, prevent, reduce, or overcome any hazard or harm or loss that may be associated with any emergency; and
  • Includes, without limitation, the planning, organisation, co-ordination, and implementation of those measures, knowledge, and practices

Emergency means a situation that

  • Is the result of any happening, whether natural or otherwise, including, without limitation, any explosion, earthquake, eruption, tsunami, land movement, flood, storm, tornado, cyclone, serious fire, leakage or spillage of any dangerous gas or substance, technological failure, infestation, plague, epidemic, failure of or disruption to an emergency service or a lifeline utility, or actual or imminent attack or warlike act; and
  • Causes or may cause loss of life or injury or illness or distress or in any way endangers the safety of the public or property in New Zealand or any part of New Zealand; and
  • Cannot be dealt with by emergency services, or otherwise requires a significant and co-ordinated response under this Act

From Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002

Waimate has three Controllers who will direct Civil Defence Emergency Management within the district. The Emergency Operations Centre at the Waimate District Council building is staffed by people trained in Emergency Management.