Otago CDEM Group is administered by the Otago Regional Council.
The CDEM Group works together before a Civil Defence event coordinating activities throughout Otago that reduces the potential impacts of hazards, promotes community resilience and readiness. During an emergency, the group ensures that emergency services and welfare resources respond to communities and helps with recovery.
At a local level, district and city councils and other agencies prepare for and co-ordinate the response to catastrophic events.
In addition to being a part of the CDEM Group, each local authority must:
Each council has Emergency Management Advisors. Their work involves:
Apart from this day to day role, local authorities maintain systems for managing emergencies in their area.
Council staff provide support at an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) where the emergency response is managed. Civil Defence and emergency services gather information about the event and the damage involved so resources such as people or equipment can be allocated.