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The Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act (CDEM Act) 2002 came into effect on 1 December 2002. It replaced the Civil Defence Act 1983.

CDEM Act 2002 - Principal Provisions

The CDEM Act 2002 updates and redefines the duties, functions and powers of central government, local government, emergency services, lifeline utilities and the general public.

Purpose of the CDEM Act 2002

The CDEM Act 2002 improves/promotes:

  • the reduction of risks through partnerships with communities
  • the reduction of community disruption from avoidable hazards and risks
  • the reduction of fiscal risks from the costs of disruption
  • more effective and efficient emergency readiness, response and recovery through the integrated activities of responsible agencies and relevant disciplines
  • a culture, processes and structures that encourage and enable people and communities to undertake risk management, build operational capabilities for response and recover from emergencies.
  • improve and promote the sustainable management of hazards to contribute to well-being, the safety of the public and the protection of property
  • encourage and enable communities to achieve acceptable levels of risk by applying risk management
  • provide for planning and preparation for emergencies and response and recovery in the event of an emergency
  • require local authorities to coordinate CDEM through regional groups
  • integrate local and national CDEM planning and activity
  • encourage the coordination of emergency management across emergency sectors

For more information or to read the CDEM Act 2002 in full see the Ministry of Civil Defence website.

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan

Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 every CDEM Group must prepare and approve a Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan (CDEM Plan). These plans must state and provide for:

  • the local authorities that have united to establish the CDEM Group
  • the hazards and risks to be managed by the Group
  • the civil defence emergency management necessary to manage hazards and risks
  • the objectives of the plan and the relationship of each objective to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy
  • the apportionment between local authorities of liability for the provision of financial and other resources for the activities of the Group, and the basis for that apportionment
  • the arrangements for declaring a state of emergency in the area of the Group
  • the arrangements for co-operation and co-ordination with other Groups.

For the latest group plan, visit the Hawke's Bay Emergency Management website.

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