The Otago Civil Defence Emergency Group (CDEMG) has prepared plans that provide the context and direction for civil defence emergency management in Otago.
Our Group Plan 2018-2028 was approved by the Minister of Civil Defence, Hon Peeni Henare, in July 2019. It came into effect on 22 August 2019.
Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, the impact of a tsunami can be mitigated through community awareness, preparedness, timely warnings and effective response.
This plan is to detail the preparedness, warning processes and systems, risk evaluation, activation, evacuation and other response arrangements in the event of a tsunami threat on the Otago coast.
In August 2021, Emergency Management Otago and Fire and Emergency NZ signed a Memorandum of Understanding detailing how they will collaborate on regionwide air operations in emergencies. The agreement is part of a new Aviation Emergency Support Plan (AESOP) which they have developed with regional airports and aviation operators.
The plan will:
The purpose of this plan is to document the Otago regional strategic arrangements for the coordination of animal welfare services during emergencies. This is relevant to the hazards listed in the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015 (National CDEM Plan 2015).
All animal owners, or persons in charge of animals, should develop their own plans to care for their animals during emergencies. The role of the animal welfare subfunction is to help provide for the needs of animals when their owners (or persons in charge) are not able to do so themselves because of the consequences of an emergency.