The New Zealand integrated approach to civil defence emergency management can be described by the four areas of activity, known as the ‘4 Rs’; Reduction, readiness, response and recovery.
Identifying and analysing long-term risks to human life and property from hazards; taking steps to eliminate these risks if practicable, and, if not, reducing the magnitude of their impact and the likelihood of their occurring.
During a disaster, buildings, ground and objects can move, fall, break, or burn, causing injury or property damage.
Aim to reduce the effects of a disaster on you and your property by:
Store household and work place products safely so the risk of breakage and spillage is reduced.
Store all chemicals safely:
Developing operational systems and capabilities before a civil defence emergency happens; including self-help and response programmes for the general public, and specific programmes for emergency services, lifeline utilities and other agencies.
Make sure you are ready by:
Actions taken immediately before, during or directly after a civil defence emergency to save lives and protect property, and to help communities recover.
Response activity is guided by these objectives:
Response activities are carried out alongside recovery activities.
The coordinated efforts and processes to bring about the immediate, medium-term and long-term holistic regeneration of a community following a civil defence emergency.